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Dominican Republic president to headline speakers at major tourism conference in Jamaica

Published:Wednesday | September 27, 2017 | 11:43 AM
Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican Republic. – AP File

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has announced that Danilo Medina, President of the Dominican
Republic, will headline a slate of distinguished speakers who will address the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development Conference, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, November 27-29.

Medina is an enthusiastic campaigner for the growth of tourism in his country and has pledged to increase the
number of international tourists visiting the Dominican Republic to 10 million by 2022. 

Tourism in the Dominican Republic generates more than five million arrivals, annually with UNWTO statistics indicating that the Dominican Republic is the most popular tourist destination in the Caribbean region, and ranks sixth overall in the Americas.

Bartlett, as chairman of the UNWTO Board of Affiliate Members, who has played an active role in promoting the conference locally and internationally, says Jamaica is pleased to cement itself in history by hosting the decision makers of the tourism sector from around the world.

“We will also be using the opportunity to showcase our country’s sustainable tourism development practices and demonstrate how tourism contributes to the economic well-being of every Jamaican,” said Bartlett.