Bartlett Defends ‘Incalculable’ Value of UNWTO Conference

Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett is dismissing suggestions by the Opposition People’s National Party that the recently held World Tourism Organization, UNWTO conference in Montego Bay, St. James was poorly attended.

In a statement to the media yesterday, Opposition spokesman on Tourism, Dr. Wykeham McNeill demanded that the Minister confirm if only 250 delegates attended the conference.

However, Minister Bartlett says the recently-held conference is the largest to have been staged by the UNWTO.

He says at least 1,400 delegates were in attendance.

He says the guests were involved in a variety of activities and at times they weren’t all gathered in one place.

The Minister is questioning where Dr. McNeill got his figures, as he says the Opposition spokesman did not attend the conference.

The Opposition had also questioned the amount of money spent on the conference and whether the nation got value for it.

Minister Bartlett says over $100-million was budgeted for the conference. He says the value gained from it is incalculable.

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