Jamaica receives delegations from more than 20 countries for the Caribbean Travel Marketplace
The Minister of Tourism of Jamaica, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, welcomed delegations representing more than 20 countries that visit the country this week
The dignitaries and travel buyers attending this year's Caribbean Travel Marketplace, held at the Montego Bay Convention Center, represent the nations of: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, India, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. In addition, for the first time in the history of the Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the CHTA will also house a large contingent of travel buyers from China.
"I am very honored to spend time with our colleagues and friends in the international tourism sector this week," said Minister Bartlett. "Tourism is vital to the economy of Jamaica, the Caribbean and the global economy. Last year, our island nation received more than 4.3 million visitors from around the world. We are very pleased to have this opportunity, as hosts of the Caribbean Travel Marketplace, to showcase the many wonderful natural, social, economic and cultural resources Jamaica has to offer. "
In addition to the activities planned around the Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the Minister of Tourism will present the opening of the World Center for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management. This is the first international center based in the Caribbean designed to carry out research and analysis relevant to policies on the preparation, management and recovery of destinations that affect economies and livelihoods worldwide. The Center is located on Campus Mona within the University of the West Indies.
Jamaica assumes the role of host of the Caribbean Travel Marketplace at a time when this island nation is being recognized for its world leadership in tourism. Earlier this month, Jamaica was honored at the 2019 Travvy Awards in New York City and received five major awards, including a special award for Minister Bartlett, who won the inaugural President's Award for Global Tourism Innovation. The Jamaica Tourism Office won the award for the Best Tourism Office in the Caribbean. The island nation also received the award for Best Destination for Weddings, Best Destination for Honeymoons and Best Culinary Destination.