Global Tourism’s Top Brass Converge on Montego Bay Starting Today

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says the world’s two leading Cruise Executives will both be in Montego Bay for the Global Tourism Conference which starts today.

President and CEO of Carnival Corporation, Arnold Donald, and President and Chief Operating Officer of Royal Caribbean Cruises Limited, Adam Goldstien will participate in the conference this week.

Carnival Corporation is the largest cruise line in the world, while Royal Caribbean is the second largest cruise operator.

The three-day United Nations World Tourism Organisation, UNWTO Conference on ‘Partnerships for Jobs and Inclusive Growth through Sustainable Tourism’ is being hosted by the Government of Jamaica in partnership with the World Bank Group at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

Minister Bartlett says that approximately 1,500 delegates are registered for the conference and several high-level representatives have descended on Jamaica.

Bartlett says this is the first conference of its kind in the Western Hemisphere and Jamaica has placed itself in an encouraging position to have the leadership of the biggest tourism companies in the word participating in the conference.

Meanwhile, UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb D. Rifai and his delegation arrived in the island over the weekend for the historic three day Global Tourism Conference.

The Secretary-General says hosting the conference in Jamaica is a sign of confidence and absolute trust with the country and Minister Bartlett’s leadership.

A statement today from the Tourism Ministry says upon arrival Mr. Rifai added that the enterprising personality behind the tourism portfolio heavily influenced the UNWTO’s move to choose Jamaica as the destination for its global conference.

And, Bartlett’s Senior Advisor and Strategist, Delano Seiveright says that recent heavy rains that disrupted activities in sections of downtown Montego Bay and other areas will have no impact on the conference

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