MoBay tourism conference to honour outgoing UNWTO secretary general

Friday, August 18, 2017

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ST JAMES, Jamaica — Current Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Dr Taleb Rifai, will be honoured at the organisation's Global Conference on Tourism Development and Sustainability scheduled to take place in Montego Bay, St James in November.

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, said that the opportunity would be used to pay tribute to Dr Rifai, whose tenure as secretary general ends this year.

“Although he will have his formal send-off in December, the UNWTO has allowed us to utilise this opportunity for the more emotional and 'irie' send-off,” Bartlett told OBSERVER ONLINE, yesterday.

Dr Rifai, who was born in Jordan, served his first term as secretary-general between 2010 and 2013, and was elected for a second four-year term, starting in January 2014, by the 20th Session of UNWTO General Assembly. He will serve in that capacity through December 2017.

He will be in Jamaica for what is now formally known as the (UNWTO) Global Conference on Tourism Development and Sustainability, or the (UNWTO), Government of Jamaica and World Bank Group Conference on Jobs & Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism in November.

Another feature of the conference will be the presentation of the Caribbean Legends Awards, the first of its kind, which will be a collaborative effort involving the Jamaica's Ministry of Tourism, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and the Caribbean Hotel Tourism & Association (CHTA), supported by UNWTO.

These awards, in the categories of land, sea and air, will be given to individuals who have made an indelible mark on the tourism industry, not just regionally, but globally, enhancing the Caribbean brand.

Balford Henry

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