Ja chairs 100th session of UNWTO

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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MINISTER of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeill was chair of the 100th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) held in Rovinj, Croatia, from May 27-29, making Jamaica the first English-speaking Caribbean country and possibly the smallest to be entrusted to guide these deliberations.

Some 200 participants from UNWTO members states as well as representatives of the UNWTO associate and affiliate members attended the session.

Among the issues addressed at the high-level meeting are strategies to mainstream tourism in the global agenda, an assessment of the performance of international tourism in 2014 and the outlook for 2015.

Dr McNeill spoke of the need for greater emphasis on sustainability, which is essential for long-term economic gains that provide benefits to all socio-economic groups and across other sectors through strong promotion of linkages.

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