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Caribbean urged to be more competitive in tourism

Published:Thursday | September 4, 2014 | 9:49 AM

Regional governments are being urged to do more to improve the competitiveness of the region’s tourism industry.

The push came yesterday at the 22nd Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-level Authorities of Tourism.

Assistant Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin says tourism goods and services represent nine percent of the Gross Domestic Product of the region or one in 11 jobs.

This accounted for more than US$1 billion last year.

Ramdin says data from the United Nations World Tourism Organisation indicate that in 2013 the Americas received 168 million international arrivals, or 15 per cent of the worldwide arrivals.

He says this is an indication that the Americas represents a significant chunk of the world tourism business.

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