In November 2017 Jamaica will be at the centre of public debate about change and development in the tourism industry. Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is proud to host the UNWTO, Government of Jamaica and World Bank Group Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism for Development. The conference will be part of the UNWTO’s “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development”.
Secretary General of the UNWTO, Taleb Rifai shared that the conference will kick-start discussions to create on-the ground activities to develop tourism across the globe from such partnerships. “We keep talking about the need for public-private partnerships, but we fail to translate that on the ground in any effective manner. Minister Bartlett together with Ibrahim Osta, Chief of Party for Building Economic Sustainability through Tourism at Chemonics International, will together cooperate in making and designing this very important meeting in Jamaica towards the end of this year,” said Secretary General Rifai. Hon. Edmund Bartlett added, “We look forward to showcasing our destination but more so within the context of sustainability and the building of public-private partnerships. The event is of great historical importance because it signals the first time that the UNWTO will stage a world conference on tourism in the Caribbean or the Americas overall.” The event will be staged from November 27 to 29 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James