About the Conference

About the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The United Nations General Assembly on December 4, 2015 approved the adoption of 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development The resolutions recognizes "the importance of international tourism, and particularly of the designation of an international year of sustainable tourism for development, in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world".




Governor General's Message

Jamaica is pleased to be partnering with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Bank to host what we anticipate will be one of the most important global tourism conferences in our country’s history.

It is indeed my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to the nearly 1000 world leaders from the tourism industry, governments, donors and international development and financial organizations that are expected to attend from over 150 countries. It will give us the opportunity to not only showcase the best of our beautiful country, but to also join the UNWTO in celebrating their ‘International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development’.

We are also immensely proud that the UNWTO selected our nation to discuss important matters which will shape the future of tourism across the world. It is an honour for Jamaica not only to play host, but to add our voice in the discussions, which will later design an international road map, and foster collaborative relationships for inclusive economic and social development via tourism.

The Jamaican people undoubtedly recognise the importance of tourism and we continue to find strategic ways to reposition to generate higher growth rates in job creation, visitor arrivals and earnings. It is therefore fitting that the country serves as the location for the first UNWTO Global Conference of its kind to be held in the Americas.

I encourage you to participate fully in this Conference, November 27 -29 2017 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre when the UNWTO, Government of Jamaica and World Bank Group jointly explore the issues of Jobs & Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism. We look forward to examining how well Jamaica can continue to integrate tourism sustainable best practices, and strengthen the positive economic impact on our nation.

God bless you and God bless Jamaica, Land we love!

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Prime Minister’s Message

Jamaica is pleased to host the 2017 staging of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism.

This international conference is a key component of the partnerships which have been developed among the Ministry of Tourism, the Jamaica Tourist Board and corporate Jamaica and regional and international stakeholders.

The Government of Jamaica is committed to supporting the sustainable development of tourism, which creates employment, generates income, stimulates trade and linkages, as well as, highlights our culture and enhances our environment. 

The tourism sector represents 10% of global GDP and plays a critical role in the world economy; influences economic growth and has vast potential for the continued development of countries around the world. 

Locally, our tourism sector has expanded by some 37 percent over the past 10 years. Travel and tourism generated a total contribution of $4.5 Billion to Jamaica's GDP in 2016.  Jamaica is one of the most dynamic and exciting tourism destinations in the Caribbean region, and this Conference provides us with the opportunity to highlight our natural beauty, culture, people and wide range of accommodations and attractions. 

The UNWTO Conference will bring together tourism stalwarts; government and non- government representatives; as well as, other partners from around the globe. It will, therefore, make Jamaica the "Davos" for tourism, where delegates come for "cerebration" on tourism matters in a country which values the business of tourism.

This conference could play an important role in our entry into the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibition (MICE) market, which is a catalyst for growth and brings people together who will spend money along the value chain. This will link networks, including agriculture and manufacturing; gastronomy; health and wellness; sports and entertainment; as well as, shopping and knowledge.

My commendations to the UNWTO, World Bank Group, Inter-American Development Bank, Chemonics International, George Washington University, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC); as well as the Platinum Sponsors: Sandals Group and Airbnb; and other sponsors, Media Partner, CNN; Airline Partner, American Airlines; and our brand promotion, project management and communication team, The Jamaica National Group, for their support. 

These high level partnerships demonstrate the importance of this historic global conference, which marks the first time that the UNWTO and its affiliate members will host a world conference on tourism in the Caribbean, or the Americas.

The Government of Jamaica endorses the UNWTO Conference, and welcomes tourism representatives from around the world to Montego Bay, Jamaica, in November.

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Minister of Tourism's Message

Jamaica is a world-class destination, renowned for its awe-inspiring beauty, delectable food, captivating culture and warm island hospitality.It is what makes us one of the most sought after vacation spots in the world and why so many visitors keep returning to our shores time and time again.

Our tourism success is not by accident, however. We understand that for tourism to be truly successful, it must be sustainable. That is, it must generate income and decent employment, stimulate trade and linkages, and respect and protect our natural and cultural environment. The Government of Jamaica is therefore pleased to be partnering with UNWTO, the World Bank Group and Chemonics International to host the Global Conference on Partnerships for Jobs and Inclusive Growth through Sustainable Tourism. This important international conference will take place in our tourism capital, Montego Bay, from November 27 to 29, 2017.

It will bring together more than 800 high-level decision makers in tourism from some 157 countries to design an international road map and bolster collaborative partnerships for inclusive economic and social development.

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UNWTO Secretary General's Message

For many countries, inbound tourism is a vital source of foreign currency earnings and an important contributor to the economy, creating much-needed employment and further opportunities for development. Tourism is an increasingly essential component of export diversification, for both emerging and advanced economies. As a worldwide export category, travel and tourism ranks third after fuels and chemicals, and ahead of food and automotive products. In many developing countries, tourism ranks as the first export sector. Accounting for 1 in 10 jobs worldwide, the sector is a cornerstone of development – creating jobs, reducing inequality, creating more prosperous and stable societies, and improving lives.

With 1.8 billion international arrivals expected in 2030, and the world working to reach the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in that time, all of us must work together to ensure that tourism leads in providing opportunities for a sustainable and equitable planet.

UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism of Jamaica share a common vision on the positive potential contribution of public-private partnerships (PPPs) to sustainable tourism development. On 27-29 November in Montego Bay, Jamaica, UNWTO together with the Government of Jamaica and the World Bank Group will host a Conference on Partnerships for Jobs & Inclusive Growth through Sustainable Tourism. The event is being organized in collaboration with Chemonics International and with the support of George Washington University, two esteemed UNWTO Affiliate Members.

This conference will be held within the framework of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and thus shall provide a perfect opportunity to contribute to its objectives, namely to increase awareness about the role of tourism for development and to trigger necessary changes in policy, business practices and consumer behaviour.

Tourism can contribute to all 17 SDGs and is specifically mentioned in Goal 8 on decent work and economic growth, Goal 12 on responsible consumption and production and Goal 14 on life below water. By giving access to decent work opportunities in the tourism sector, society – particularly youth and women – can benefit from enhanced skills and professional development. Based on an integrated and transformative vision, UNWTO is tirelessly providing technical assistance and capacity-building to contribute to the achievement of these global goals.

The joint efforts of UNWTO and the Ministry of Tourism of Jamaica are crucial for the acknowledgment of tourism as a driving force for development. This year our partnership is more important than ever. I invite all of you to celebrate with us as we promote and celebrate the contribution of tourism to a more sustainable, equitable, inclusive and peaceful future for all.

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Conference schedule

Tourism greatly contributes to inclusive growth and jobs, representing around 10% of global GDP and one out of eleven jobs worldwide. This global conference aims to catalyze the potential of tourism´s contribution to the 2030 Agenda by strengthening partnerships for development

Organized in the context of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, this conference will bring together world leaders from the tourism industry along with governments and international development organizations to design an international road map for inclusive economic growth and social development via tourism.

Day 01 full schedule

November 27, 2017

Introductory Session: The Future of Tourism in the Caribbean Region

Co-sponsored by the Caribbean Tourism Organization and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association

Master of Ceremonies: Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor, CBS News, and Multiple Emmy-winning Investigative Reporter and Producer

Welcome, Greetings and Introduction of Keynote Speaker

  • Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica

Keynote: The Future of Tourism – Innovation Challenges in the Caribbean Region

  • Eduardo Fayos-Solá , Senior Adviser, IITS George Washington University

Overview Session

Moderator: Lloyd Waller, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Tourism, Jamaica

  • Dionisio D’Aguliar, Minister of Tourism and Aviation for the Bahamas and Chairman, CTO
  • Karolin Troubetzkoy, President, CHTA
  • Virginia Messina, Director, Caribbean Recovery Taskforce, WTTC
  • Carlos Vogeler, Executive Director, UNWTO
  • Abel Matutes, Director General, Palladium Hotel Group

Coffee Break

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Concurrent Panel Sessions

Session 1: Tourism and Sustainability: Threats, Risks and Challenges

Moderator: David Jessop, Consultant, Caribbean Council

  • Seleni Matus, Executive Director, International Institute of Tourism Studies, George Washington University – ‘Report on the Sustainability of Tourism Destinations in Caribbean’
  • Jake Kheel, Vice President, Grupo Puntacana Foundation – ‘The Keys to Sustainable Tourism’
  • Lisa Indar, Head, Regional Tourism and Health Programme, Caribbean Public Health Agency – ‘Improving Safer, Healthier and Sustainable Tourism through the Regional Tourism and Health Programme
  • Martha Honey, Executive Director, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) – ‘Lessons Learned from 50 Years from Large Scale Cruise Tourism in the Caribbean’
  • Elecia Myers, Project Coordinator, Ministry of Tourism, Jamaica – ‘Theocentrism and proenvironmental values in the context of tourism in the Caribbean’

Session 2: Current Trends in Indigenous Tourism

Moderator: Louis D'Amore, Founder and President, International Institute for Peace through Tourism

  • Judy Karwacki – President, Small Planet Consulting (SPC) – ‘Raising Indigenous and Community Tourism: Building economy in emerging destination using the Indigenous market ready approach.’
  • Casey Vanden Heuvel, Chief Operating Officer, Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada (ATAC) – ‘Raising our Voices: Building economy through Indigenous tourism and community stories.’
  • Susan Otuokon – ‘Indigenous Communities (Maroons) in the Blue and John Crow Mountains’
  • Edward Wray – Inherent Complexities, Conflicts and Confusions in the Concept of indigenous Tourism; Case Study: ‘The Rastafari Village, Montego Bay’, Jamaica
  • Clive Muir, Associate Professor, Rusche College of Business, Stephen F. Austin State University – ‘Anancy's House: Developing a Folklore Centre to Enhance Rural Tourism’
  • Jamie Sweeting, Vice President for Social Enterprise and Sustainability, Planeterra Foundation/G Adventures, Canada

  • Session 3: Talent Development and Human Capital Trends

    Moderator: Mr. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, Former Minister of Tourism of the Bahamas and Former President of the Caribbean Tourism Organization

    • Elizabeth Mackay, MBA BSc., Lecturer, University of the West Indies, Centre for Hotel and Tourism Management, Bahamas and Shaun D. Ingraham, Chief Executive Officer, One Eleuthera Foundation, Bahamas – ‘One Eleuthera Foundation: From Shared Vision to Inclusive Development - Building Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism Development’
    • Nigel Cooper, Chairman, College of Business & Management, Consulting Committee and Programme Director, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Technology, Jamaica – ‘Is the Caribbean Tourism Market Missing out on Pet Tourism?’
    • Gaunette Sinclair-Maragh, Associate Professor, University of Technology – ‘Sustainable Development of Protected Areas for Ecotourism: A Case of the Portland Bight, Jamaica’
    • Auliana Poon, Managing Director/ Director, Tourism Intelligence International/ Tourism Intelligence Academy - ‘Innovation and the Future of Caribbean Tourism’

    Session 4: Community Tourism

    Moderator: Andrew Spencer, Executive Director, Tourism Product Development Company

    • Olivene Burke, Lecturer, University of the West Indies Mona; Pauline Milwood, Assistant Professor, Penn State University, Tarik Weekes, Research Officer, Institute for Criminal Justice – ‘Sustainability Community Based Tourism: A Fit for Purpose' Model for Rural and Urban Enterprises
    • Ian Boxil, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of the West Indies Mona; Deborah Fletcher, Research Associate, Centre for Tourism and Policy Research, The University of the West Indies and Majorie Segree, Research Associate, Centre for Tourism and Policy Research, The University of the West Indies – ‘Towards a More Sustainable Tourism in the Historic Town of Falmouth, Jamaica’
    • Beverly Stewart, Tourism Specialist, Jamaica Social Investment Fund - Jamaica's JSIF/World Bank Community Tourism Journey – ‘The Jamaica Social Investment Fund's Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI)’
    • Hugh Hough, President & Founder, Green Team Global Inc – ‘The Wide-Reaching Benefits from the Growth of Community Tourism’
    • Christine Marrett, Senior Programme Officer, Office of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Global Affairs, University of the West Indies - 'Reflections on the development of The Treasure Beach Destination Management Organisation (DMO) Limited from a cluster development project'

Lunch Break Presentation: Outlook for Outbound Chinese Tourism in the Caribbean

  • Xu Jing, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, UNWTO

Roundtable Discussion: Multi-destination Tourism in the Caribbean - Current Trends and Future Prospects

Moderator: Allen Chastanet, Prime Minister, St. Lucia

  • Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica
  • Dominic Fedee, Minister of Tourism Information and Broadcasting, St. Lucia
  • Francisco J. Garcia, Minister of Tourism, Dominican Republic

Concurrent Panel Sessions

Session 5: Tourism Networks: Creating Linkages, Reducing Leakages

Moderator: Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman & CEO, Sandals Resort

  • Anne Crick, Senior Lecturer, Mona School of Business & Management, UWI Mona and Janet Crick, M.A, Tour & Creative Experience Director, Jamaica Culinary Tours, Falmouth Jamaica – ‘Challenges & Opportunities in Gastronomy Tourism: Finding the Sweet Spot’
  • Lisa Neirotti, Associate Professor & Director, Sports Management Programs & MTA, George Washington University and Paulton Gordon, Director, Community Service and Development, University of Technology, Jamaica – ‘Strategies to Optimize Sports Tourism Opportunities for Sustainable Development in the Caribbean’
  • Larisa McBean, Graduate Student, University of Birmingham – ‘Sports Tourism as a Vehicle to Sustainable Development: An investigation into the Opportunities and Challenges to the Development of Sports Tourism in Jamaica’
  • Simone Harris, Senior Tourism Network Strategist, Tourism Linkages Network, Ministry of Tourism; Jamaica Lloyd Laing, Technical Director, TechStart, ‘Prototype for Smart Attractions in Jamaica: Devon House-One of Jamaica's celebrated Historic Landmarks’

Session 6: Science, Technology, Innovation in Tourism

Moderator: Trevor Forrest, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Jamaica

  • Caroline Couret, Founder & Director, Creative Tourism Network – ‘The creative tourism as a lever for the territorial development’
  • Pauline Milwood, Assistant Professor, Penn State University; Olivene Burke, Executive Director, Mona Social Services, University of the West Indies Mona and Tarik Weekes, Research Officer, Institute for Criminal Justice – ‘Social Innovation & Development of Urban Spaces: In Search of a Model for Sustainable Tourism’
  • Ramona Bavassano, Foundress, Jammadda Permacultural Ecovillage, International Consultant on Human Sustainable Development – ‘Jamadda Permacultural Park in Treasure Beach Jamaica’
  • Maria Myers-Hamilton, Transformation Leader, eGov Jamaica Ltd, ‘Change Management Consultant, Using advanced ICTs to train tourist workers: Challenges and Possibilities’

Session 7: Caribbean Tourism within the Context of the Americas

Moderator: Hugh Riley, Secretary General and CEO; CTO

  • Allan Fyall, Endowed Professor of Tourism Marketing, University of Central Florida; Roberta Atzori, Assistant Professor, Sustainable Hospitality Management, California State UniversityMonterey Bay – ‘Rising Sea Levels: Time for Proactive Action in Florida and the Caribbean
  • Chloe Helen Bent - BA, MA, Mres, Doctoral Researcher,University of Birmingham – ‘The Cultural Heritage Brand of Treasure Beach: How can we address the need for community consultation?’
  • Apirada Chinprateep, Assistant Professor, Department of Development Economics, National Institute of Development Administration – ‘Value Creation of Tourism Sector: In the case of 10 ASEAN Economies, applies to Jamaica’
  • Andrea Saayman, Professor, School of Economics, North-West University, South Africa and Melville Saayman, Research Director, Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society (TREES), North-West University, South Africa – ‘Scuba Diving and Sustainable Tourism Developed in a less developed country’
  • Locksley G. M. Henry, Programme Director and Lecturer, University of Technology - "Sustainable Tourism, Ethics, and Social Responsibility: Caribbean Quo Vadis?"

Session 8: Micro, Small and Medium Size Tourism Enterprises and the Future

Moderator: Carey Wallace, Executive Director, Tourism Enhancement Fund

  • Noelle Nichols, Jamaican-Bahamian, owner of The Domestic Tourist and several other small companies
  • Carolyn Riley, Head, Tourism Linkages Network, Ministry of Tourism, Jamaica
  • Christopher Jarrett, CEO, Altamont Hotels
  • Omar Robinson, President, Jamaica Hotel and Tourism Association (JHTA)
  • Lisa Bell, Managing Director, EXIM Bank
  • Ian Dear, CEO, Margaritaville Caribbean Group (MCG)

Coffee Break

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Special Session on Building Resilience: Supporting Caribbean Tourism to Prepare, Manage and Recover from Crises

Building resilience in the face of natural disasters is both a humanitarian and economic necessity, especially for regions like the Caribbean where tourism is a major source of income and fuels the islands’ economies and societies. Therefore, it is essential for the region to have a functioning crisis preparation, management and recovery process that involves both the public and private sector. This panel will explore potential strategies for the tourism sector in the Caribbean to recover after Hurricane Irma, as well as look toward a long term plan for future preparation, management and recovery. Furthermore, the importance of the private sector and aid agencies in the recovery process will be discussed, in addition to innovative public-private partnerships (PPPs) essential to building resilience.

Introduction:Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UNWTO

Special Address: Luis Almagro, Secretary General, OAS

Moderator: Carlos Vogeler, Executive Director, UNWTO

  • Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica
  • Cardigan Connor, Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, Anguilla
  • Sandra Carvao, Chief of Communications, UNWTO
  • Hugh Riley, Secretary General, CTO
  • Virginia Messina, Director, Caribbean Recovery Taskforce, WTTC
  • Kim Hurtault-Osborne, Executive Secretary for Integral Development, OAS
  • Frank Comito, CEO and Director General, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association
  • Abel Matutes, Director General, Palladium Hotel Group
  • Geoffrey Lipman, Co-founder, Sun X

Welcome Reception

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Day 02 full schedule

November 28, 2017

Master of Ceremonies: Anita Mendiratta
Founder and President of CACHET Consulting, Special Advisor to the Secretary General of UNWTO, Lead consultant of CNN International’s T.A.S.K. GROUP (Tourism, Advertising, Solutions & Knowledge)

Opening Ceremony

  • Luis Almagro, Secretary General, OAS
  • Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General, UNWTO
  • Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica

Global Overview: Setting the Framework

  • Alexandre Meira da Rosa, Vice President for Countries, IDB
  • Cecile Fruman, Global Director, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank Group, USA
  • Virginia Messina, Director, Caribbean Recovery Taskforce, WTTC
  • Susanna Mudge, President and CEO, Chemonics International
  • Hannah Messerli, Dwight D. Einsenhower Research Professor of Tourism Studies, George Washington University


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Keynote Address

Special Address

  • Andrew Michael Holness, Prime Minister, Jamaica

Coffee Break

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Plenary 1: Collaborating for Success: Public-Private Engagement Mechanisms for Tourism Development & Growth

Ministers & CEO’s share their experiences on the keys, pitfalls and myths to successful collaboration between the public and private sector on tourism development. The focus will be on replicable collaboration and partnership models in such areas as infrastructure, development finance, large-scale asset management and service delivery. The panel will also explore public –private engagements that deliver socio-economic benefits for local communities, while providing governments with options enabling development of new niches, assets and regions.

Moderator: Carlos Vogeler, Executive Director, UNWTO

  • Sandra Howard Taylor, Vice Minister of Tourism, Colombia
  • Michael Frenzel, President, Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW), Special Ambassador of the International Year
  • José Manuel Soria, Global Economic Consultant, Former Minister of Energy, Industry and Tourism, Spain
  • Adam Stewart, CEO, Sandals Resort
  • Jorge Mario Chajón, General Director, Guatemalan Tourism Institute (INGUAT)
  • Kamina Johnson Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica
  • Abel Matutes, Director General, Palladium Hotel

Presentation of the UNWTO Affiliate Members Report on Inclusive Tourism prepared in collaboration with Globaldit

  • Yolanda Perdomo, Director, Affiliate Members Programme, UNWTO
  • Tono Franco, Founder, Globaldit, Spain

Plenary 2: From Board Room Decisions to Destination Development – Industry Leaders Discuss the Key Elements to Successful Investments

Private sector leaders from diverse industry sectors discuss emerging trends and key drivers of destination development over the next 10 years. Emphasis will be placed on how sustainable tourism partnerships can contribute to job creation, connectivity and inclusive growth.

Moderator: Donald Hawkins, Professor Emeritus of Management & Tourism Studies, George Washington University

  • Mr. Rafael Echevarne, CEO, MBJ Airports
  • Jared Harckham, Vice President, ICF International
  • Hakuhiko Ishii, Director, Overseas Market Development, Tourism Promotion Strategies, Marketing & Sales Planning, All Nippon Airways, IY2017 Official Sponsor
  • Frank Rainieri, Founder, President and CEO, Punta Cana Group
  • Nicola Villa, Senior Vice President, Public Private Partnerships, Mastercard, IY2017 Partner
  • Chris Seek, International Committee, Tourism Cares
  • Shawn Sullivan, Public Policy, Latin America, Airbnb Inc., IY2017 Partner
  • Maxime Verstraete, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility & ADA Compliance at Hilton Worldwide

Lunch Break

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Panel Discussion: Big Data, Best Data and Data Analytics in Tourism

This discussion will bring together industry leaders currently using and applying Big Data Analytics for tourism management. Big Data refers to large volumes of data from which companies can analyze for business gains. This panel will draw attention to the successful use and application of Big Data and Data Analytics to the Tourism Industry. The panel will also explore the future of Big Data and Data Analytics for effective data management in the tourism space with the aim of examining whether Big Data and Data Analytics revolution will change the global travel and tourism industries; and create an opportunity for early adopters.

Moderator: Ron McKay, CEO, CTICO

  • Michelle Kelsey, IBM Watson Solutions Expert
  • David Scowsill, CEO, Eon Reality
  • Daniel Krittman, Principal at PwC Forensic Technology, Data Analytics, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Donavon White, Vice President, C&W Business, FLOW
  • Ative Ennis, Head of Business Innovation, Digicel
  • Enrique Marchena, Honorary Professor of Hotel Management, Faculty of the Universidad Central del Este
  • Steve Hood, Senior Vice President of Research, STR, Founding Director of the SHARE Center

Concurrent Panel Sessions: Best Practices, Lessons Learned and Recommendations: IYSTD Core Themes

Executives, development practitioners, and community leaders will deliver moderated roundtables that focus on the five main themes of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development. Introductory remarks will be followed by interactive discussions aimed at sharing and debating best practices. Attendees should come prepared to discuss their own experiences and challenges.

Session 1: Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth

Whether growth is tourism-led or economy-led, tourism clearly makes an immense contribution to the global economy. Capitalizing on this strong economic potential to ensure that tourism advances truly sustainable economic growth will require: (i) Cultivating a favorable business environment, characterized by stability and supportive policies; (ii) Ensuring openness and a high degree of connectivity; and (iii) Bolstering the resilience of the tourism sector. How best can this be done?

Moderator: Kristin Lamoureux, Visiting Professor of Tourism & Hospitality Management, Virginia Tech University

  • Carla Bush, Executive Secretary, Central American Tourism Integration Secretariat (SITCA)
  • Gordana Popovikj Friedman, Private Sector Specialist, The World Bank Group; Martine Bakker, Tourism Development Specialist, The World Bank Group – ‘A Demand Driven Approach to Increasing Tourism Sector Competitiveness for Improved Socio-Economic Development in the Former Yugoslav Republic (FYR) of Macedonia’
  • Pilar Espeso-Molinero, Professor, University of Alicante
  • Ketevan Tchumburidze, Deputy Chief of Party, USAID/Georgia Zrda Project, Chemonics International
  • Stefan Wright, Investment Officer, IDB Invest

Session 2: Social Inclusiveness, Employment and Poverty Reduction

Tourism is not just a major part of the global economy; it is also a means of furthering “inclusive” growth which increases opportunities for all. To harness tourism’s potential for inclusivity, decent work and poverty eradication – while overcoming the challenges of unsustainable tourism activity – it will be important to: (i) Pursue an “inclusive growth” approach; (ii) Create decent jobs, which redress the skills gaps while ensuring fair, productive employment; (iii) Support local communities and empower women and youth; and (iv) Provide tourism experiences for all, via a focus on universal accessibility. How can these be achieved?

Moderator: Jeffrey Wuorinen, Senior Vice President, Middle East and North Africa, Chemonics International

  • Trevor Benson, Director, Food Tourism Development & Innovation, Culinary Tourism Alliance
  • Carolyn Hayle, Senior Programme Officer, University of the West Indies; Anne Crick, Senior Lecturer, University of the West Indies, ‘From All-Inclusives to Social Inclusiveness: Harnessing the potential of the Sharing Economy’
  • Leandro Choi, Founder and CEO, co-LABtur – ‘Endogenous Convergence for Sustainable Tourism’
  • Mariana Aldrigui, Country Director, GTTP Brazil

Session 3: Resource Efficiency, Environmental Protection and Climate Change

As a sector which depends so much on the natural environment, tourism has a special responsibility towards the planet, with the potential to harness this dependency to promote conservation. Challenges abound. An integrated, approach to environmental sustainability is required, grounded upon strategies for decoupling tourism growth from environmental degradation and excessive resource use, with a focus on: (i) Enhancing the efficient use of resources; (ii) Focusing on biodiversity conservation and environmental protection; (iii) Investing in climate change mitigation and adaptation; and (iv) Increasing knowledge of how environmental issues are related to tourism and increasing awareness among key stakeholders. How can these challenges be met?

Moderator: François Bédard, Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal

  • Steven Johnson, Ecotourism Specialist, Chemonics International
  • Michael Taylor, Senior Lecturer, University of the West Indies
  • Malraj B. Kiriella, Director General, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority
  • Megan Epler Wood, Director of the International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Harvard Chan School of Public Health
  • Jeremy Sampson, Ecosystems Programme Communications Officer, IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation – ‘The Mediterranean Experience of Ecotourism (MEET) and DestiMED’
  • Julia Jeyacheya, Senior Lecturer and Program Leader, Manchester Metropolitan University – ‘Nothing to Lose but your (Supply) Chains: Inclusive growth and coastal Tourism in Myanmar’

Session 4: Creative Industries, Cultural Values, Diversity and Heritage

The global wealth of cultural heritage is one of the principal motivations for travel. Forty percent of international arrivals are considered “cultural tourists”. The myriad of linkages between tourism and culture can contribute to catalyzing inclusive, sustainable development. Bolstering linkages between sustainable tourism and culture can be achieved by: (i) Leveraging “cultural tourism” as a tool for sustainable development; (ii) Safeguarding and promoting cultural heritage – both tangible and intangible -- through tourism; and (iii) Linking tourism to living, contemporary culture and the creative industries. How best can this be done?

Moderator: Seleni Matus, Executive Director, International Institute of Tourism Studies, George Washington University

  • Olivia Grange, Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports, Jamaica
  • Maysa Shahateet, Team Leader, Team Leader, Developing Tourism Assets & Experiences, Jordan, Chemonics International
  • Deborah A. Hickling Gordon, Research Fellow Creative Economy Development, University of the West Indies
  • Jamie Sweeting, President, Planeterra Foundation
  • Arlene McKenzie, Director, Rastafari Indigenous Village, Jamaica, ‘Package the Tourist not the People’
  • Randa Napky, Director General, Tourism Abitibi-Témiscamingue, ‘Successful Geotourism Initiative in a Canadian Remote Destination’

Session 5: Mutual Understanding, Peace and Security

The very existence of tourism depends on peace and security. On the other, the transformative power of tourism – grounded upon billions of encounters that occur every day – paves the way for dialogue, mutual understanding and tolerance. Advancing tourism’s contribution to mutual understanding, peace and security requires: (i)Fostering a “culture of peace” and global citizenship through tourism; (iii) Harnessing tourism as an agent for peace and reconciliation; and (iv)Maintaining safety and security across the tourism sector. How can we best tap these important benefits of tourism?

Moderator: Michele Piercey, Senior Vice President, Strategic Solutions and Communications Division, Chemonics International

  • Lou D'Amore, Founder and President, International Institute for Peace through Tourism
  • Kevin Lewicki, Student, W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University – ‘A Reciprocal Tourism Model for North Korea: Innovative Collaborations'
  • Elmarie Slabbert, Professor, North-West University; Lindie Du Plessis, Senior Lecturer, North-West University – ‘The Role of Social Impacts in Predicting Residents Opinions and Level of Interest in Tourism Activities’
  • Geoffrey Lipman, Co-founder, Sun X

Coffee Break

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Plenary 3: The Future of the IY2017 – The Journey to 2030

With the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (IY2017) coming to an end, it is time to take stock of the main results and highlights together with some of the Year´s main protagonists such as Special Ambassadors, IY2017 partners and other stakeholders. It is also the right time to look towards the future and reflect on how to keep the strong momentum for tourism for development alive, building on the IY2017 achievements. The potential role of tourism in promoting sustainable development and in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals is crystal clear. To maximize tourism’s potential, how can we make sure that the necessary ideas, partnerships and financial resources are made available?

Moderator: Sandra Carvao, Chief, Communications and Publications, UNWTO

  • Haitham Mattar, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, IY2017 Official Sponsor
  • David Ermen, Senior Manager, Lodging and Tourism Clients Group, PwC, IY2017 Partner
  • Susanna Mudge, President and CEO, Chemonics International
  • Cordula Wohlmuther, Head, Institutional Relations and Resource Mobilization, UNWTO
  • Hakuhiko Ishii, Director, Overseas Market Development, Tourism Promotion Strategies, Marketing & Sales Planning, All Nippon Airways, IY2017 Official Sponsor
  • Junichi Kumada, Executive Director and Chief Research Officer, JTB Tourism Research & Consulting Co.

Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony

  • Keynote Speaker: Hon. Danilo Medina, President, Dominican Republic
Day 03 full schedule

November 29, 2017

Master of Ceremonies: Emily Crooks, Broadcast Journalist; Attorney-at-Law, Nationwide News Network

Smart Destinations Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism: Catalysts for Inclusive Growth and Job Creation

The Smart Destination roundtable discussion will seek to present how and in what ways advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) can unearth massive gains for hotels, airports, attractions and other operators within the tourism sector and in so doing showcase latest innovations for current and future tourism management. This high-level panel discussion, organized by Digicel a mobile phone network provider operating in 31 markets across the Caribbean, Central America, and Oceania regions will consist of several leading global tech firms such as Avaya, HP Enterprise, and Buddy Platform.

Moderator: Elon Parkinson, Head of PR, Digicel Jamaica

  • Justin Morin, CEO, Digicel Jamaica
  • Gloria Saravia, Caribbean Territory Manager, HPE
  • Julio Blanco Ra, Caribbean Territory Manager, Avaya
  • William Holderby, VP Sales & Engineering for the Caribbean, Broadsoft
  • Aileen Corrigan, CEO Trend Media

Coffee Break

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Plenary 4: From Technical Assistance to Financing – The Multiple Dimensions of Tourism at the MDBs

The Multilateral Development Banks and their clients pair up in a Ted Talk driven session that will explore the instruments, approaches, and requirements for financing large and small scale tourism development projects. The moderated discussion that follows the Talks will engage the audience and experts on ways to scale up and standardize these models to broaden work in the tourism sector.

Moderator: Cecile Fruman, Global Director, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, the World Bank Group

  • Dominic Fedee, Minister of Tourism Information and Broadcasting, St. Lucia
  • James Scriven, CEO, Inter-American Investment Corporation, Member of the IDB Group
  • John Perrottet, Senior Private Sector Specialist, Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice, The World Bank Group
  • Justin Ram, Director of Economics, Caribbean Development Bank
  • Dana Morris-Dixon, Executive, Business Development and Research, Jamaica National Group
  • John Keith, Managing Partner, Caribe Hospitality

Plenary 5: Delivering Change & Impacts – Donor Funded Programs that Balance Scale, Sustainability & Inclusion

A panel of bilateral donor agencies and private foundations will discuss how tourism development programs can best deliver impact at scale while balancing growth with environmental sustainability, social inclusion, cultural preservation and peace. The panel will also tackle how tourism projects can effectively compete with other development priorities for limited resources and see which impact they can have on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

Moderator: Cordula Wohlmuther, Head, Institutional Relations and Resource Mobilization, UNWTO

Keynote Presentation: Research Findings on Tourism Development Projects and the SDGs

  • Toshiyuki Nakamura, Director General, Private Sector Development Group, Industrial Development and Public Policy Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Panel Discussion

  • Frans Lammersen, Principal Administrator of the Development Co-operation Directorate, OECD
  • Jose Manuel Fröhling, Advisor, Private Sector Cooperation, Tourism, GIZ
  • Karen Hilliard, Mission Director, USAID
  • Salli Felton, Chief Executive, The Travel Foundation

Lunch Break

Jamaica Tourism Innovation Challenge Award Presentation

The Jamaica Tourism Innovation Challenge offered contestants an opportunity to promote travel to locally-owned hotels, restaurants and activities offering an authentic Jamaican experience. It provided university students with the opportunity to apply their classroom learning to a real world challenge. Students developed a marketing campaign strategy to promote community-based tourism opportunities. The emphasis was on reaching young travelers, including university students, who would be particularly receptive to the authenticity of community-style travel.

Special lunch sponsored by Airbnb (by invitation only)

  • Chris Lehane, Head of Global Policy and Communications, Airbnb

Plenary 6: Successful Models of Destination Management

Successful Models of Destination Management There is increasing competition among destinations to attract visitors, while others are dealing with challenges of needing to manage pressures of over-visitation. The rise of cities requires more creative market engagement methods. Social media and digital promotion are re-writing how consumers are engaged and causing shifts in marketing budget alignments. Destinations also need to build capabilities to manage image and return to growth in the wake of unforeseen crises. This includes adequate urban planning and creativity in infrastructure in city design. The panel will discuss these trends and more.

Moderator: Ibrahim Osta, Director, Middle East and North Africa, Chemonics International

  • Daniela Wagner, Director, International Partnerships at Jacobs Media Group & Director of EMEA, Pacific Travel Association (PATA)
  • Salvador Antón, Professor of Regional Geographical Analysis, Rovira i Virgili University
  • Michael Chen, Head of Real Estate Investment, General Manager of Jamaica Land Development, China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd.
  • Damian Cook, CEO, E-Tourism Frontiers, a Chemonics Partner
  • Jim McCaul, Vice President of Destination Products Management, Destinations International
  • Steven Paganelli, Head of Destination Marketing, Americas, TripAdvisor
  • Sofia Panayiotaki, CEO, PR MEDIACO

Plenary 7: Education, Training & Innovation

How to harness the labor market for a successful tourism industry requires the innovation of the private sector, enabling support of government and branching to uncharted territories to attract the skilled and enthusiastic into the sector. From youth entry to the industry to re-training long-serving industry veterans, the panel will tackle challenges and opportunities to developing the tourism and hospitality job market, educating industry as well as consumers on new trends, and introducing innovations for growth.

Moderator: Ruel Reid, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Jamaica

  • David Chapman, Director General, WYSE Travel Confederation
  • Brianda Lopez, Head of Programmes, Standards & Sustainability (PSS), Hostelling International
  • Ed Kastli, Vice President, International Sales, American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute
  • Joseph Ruddy, Team Leader, Chemonics International
  • Marina Novelli, Professor and International Consultant in Tourism and International Development, University of Brighton, ‘Peer-to-Peer Capacity Building Initiative’

Plenary 8: Royal Caribbean, WWF, GIZ, and Cozumel – Partnership in Focus

Discussion of the industry-leading partnership among Royal Caribbean, WWF, GIZ, and Cozumel, harnessing the power of collaboration with suppliers, industry peers, institutional partners, and destinations to achieve broad-based sustainable tourism objectives.

Introduction: Michael Brown, Director, Environment and Natural Resources, Chemonics International

Overview and examples of Chemonics International partnership-based nature conservation activities engaging local communities for economic gain (examples from the Caribbean and other areas).

Moderator: James Sano, Vice President, Travel and Conservation, WWF

  • Rob Zeiger, Vice President and Global Chief Communications Officer, Royal Caribbean Cruises
  • Javier Pizaña Alonso, City Manager, Municipality of Cozumel
  • Nina Bisom, Project Coordinator, Sector Project Environment Policy and Sustainable Development; Division Climate Change, Environment, Infrastructure, GIZ

Conclusions & Montego Bay Declaration on Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism within the Framework of the International Year

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Closing Remarks

  • Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica
  • Carlos Vogeler, Executive Director, UNWTO

Press Conference

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Farewell Jamaican Party

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Day 04 full schedule

November 30, 2017

Practical Workshops on Inclusive Community Tourism

Three sets of technical tours have been prepared with a view to engage donor and funding institutions and also include delegates. Only 35 participants can be accommodated for each tour. The tour will start at 07:45 a.m.

Rasta Indigenous Village

Visit with Jamaica's Rastafari people. Warm and welcoming, they are happy to share with you their values of equality, healthy living and connectedness with nature. Tour an organic vegetable and herb garden and learn more about why the Rastafari choose to follow a vegan diet.

07:45 - Assemble at Conference Hotel
07:50 - Depart Conference Hotel
08:30 - Arrive at Rasta Indigenous Village – Introduction to History of Rastafari, Walk through the River, Edu-tour of Village, Sampling of foods, Tour of Vegetable and Herb Garden
13:00 - Return to Conference Hotel

(Snack Packages will be prepared for participants)

(Include Wet Wear - Likely walk through river) Link

Cockpit Country Adventure Tours

Amazing discoveries above and below ground at a unique ecological sight known for its biodiversity and high species endemism. It is habitat for Jamaica’s 28 endemic bird species and hosts several migratory species, a site of caves and rivers. As the location of many of the first Maroon settlements and the battlefield and ally for Maroon fighters in Jamaica’s earliest independence struggles, Cockpit Country is one of the final bastions for the old-time culture of the Jamaican countryside. The rich heritage and natural history is kept alive today in crafts, food, art, music and humanity of Cockpit Country’s residents. Experience authentic eco-tourism with Cockpit Country Adventure Tours.

07:45 - Assemble at Conference Hotel
07:50 Depart Conference Hotel
09:50 - Arrive at Cockpit Country – Visit Caves, Underground Aquifers, Experience the diverse flora and fauna
14:00 - Return to Conference Hotel

(Snack Packages will be prepared for participants)

(Include Wet Wear - Likely visit to river) Link

Bunkers Hill  Cultural X-perience & River Tour:

Come and enjoy an unforgettable experience, enjoy the cascading waterfalls, view the writing and carvings of the Taino in the caves and visit the hideout of chief of the Maroons Cudjoe and his followers in the 18th century. You may also sample a taste of the mouth-watering dishes and delicious juices which are prepared from some of the produce supplied by local community members.

07:45 - Assemble at Conference Hotel
07:50 - Depart Conference Hotel
09:30 - Arrive at Bunkers Hill – Visit Caves, Waterfall, Experience, Encounter the rich cultural heritage and maroon experience
14:00 - Return to Conference Hotel

(15 minute hike to cave with some steep slopes)

(Snack Packages will be prepared for participants)

(Include Wet Wear - Likely visit to river) Link

Gastronomy Event

Speakers from around the world

Conference speakers

Event Venue

The event will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre,
Rose Hall, Jamaica

News Releases

Stay up to date with the latest news releases.

Minister Bartlett Signs Montego Bay Declaration in Geneva
KINGSTON Jamaica; December 19, 2017: Minister of Tourism Hon. Edmund Bartlett and the outgoing Secretary General of the United Nations
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Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett says Montego Bay Conference Lays Base for Tourism Growth
December 12, 2017: Tourism Minister the Hon. Ed Bartlett says one of the major outcomes of the recently concluded historic
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Jamaica and Dominican Republic Sign Tourism MOU
Jamaica and the Dominican Republic have signed a multi-destination Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will focus on joint marketing and
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Promote the Caribbean as a Unified Destination
President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina Sanchez, says the time has come for stakeholders to promote the Caribbean as
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Government to Make Life Better for People in Tourism Communities
Prime Minister, the Most Hon Andrew Holness says that government is keen on developing tourism areas so that more Jamaicans,
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Tourism Icons Honoured At UNWTO Conference Gala Awards Dinner
Three icons of the global tourism industry were honoured with UNWTO Global Legends of the Caribbean Awards during a glittering
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Tourism Legends Honoured at UNWTO/ GOJ Conference
November 30, 2017: Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness and Prime Minister of St Lucia, Allan Chastanet along with keynote
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Small Businesses Need More to Ensure Tourism Benefits Economy
December 3, 2017: Dr. Dana Morris Dixon, economist and executive for Business Advisory Services, at The Jamaica National Group, says
Read more.
St. Lucian Prime Minister Calls For Financial Concessions to Caribbean Countries Hit By Hurricanes Irma and Maria
November 28, 2017: Prime Minister of St. Lucia the Hon. Allan Chastanet has called for the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
Read more.

Our Partners

In collaboration with:

Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association
Caribbean Tourism Orgnaization
George Washington University

Platinum Sponsors:

Caribbean Tourism Orgnaization

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors:

Airline Partners:


Media Partners:


Have questions?

Frequently asked questions


Are there any accommodation arrangements in place?

Yes, the hotels listed below offer specially discounted rates for the participants. Payment by credit card and bank transfer is acceptable. It is highly recommended that participants reserve accommodation as early as possible as the special room rates have been obtained for delegates until 30th of September 2017. After this deadline, the hotels will not be able to guarantee these special rates and regular rates will be offered. All rates are all inclusive and cover room, all meals, beverages and taxes, with the exception of the Half Moon Hotel.

The following is the list of official hotels which have been selected by the Host Government. Shuttle buses will provide transportation from these hotels to the Conference venues. In order to make bookings, please follow the links or e-mail instructions provided for the respective hotels below:

1. Iberostar Hotels and Resorts (Main Hotel)
Address: Lilliput, Montego Bay
Website: https://www.iberostar.com/en/
Telephone: +1-876-680-0000
Booking code: UNWTO2017,
Iberostar Suites – Contact reservations2@iberostar.com.jm
Iberostar Grand – Contact reservations1@iberostar.com.jm
**Payment will be required in full at the time of booking.

2. Hyatt Ziva / Zilara
Address: Rose Hall, Montego Bay
Website: https://rosehall.ziva.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
Telephone: +1-876-618-1234
Check In Time: 3PM
Check Out Time: 11AM

3. RIU Montego Bay / RIU Palace / RIU Reggae
Address: Mahoe Bay, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Website: http://www.riu.com
Telephone: +1-876-940-8020
Contact Person: Niurka Garcia Linton
Conference Code – TUNITE
To make reservations call 1-888-666-8816 from the USA or (876) 940-8019 or book the reservations online at http://www.riu.com

4. Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa
Address: Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Website: https://www.rosehallresort.com/
Telephone: 1-866-953-4772
Individual Reservation by Telephone: Individuals may make reservations directly with the hotel reservations department at 1-866-953-4772. Reservations can also be made by calling the central reservations office at 1-866-799-3656 or 1-866-799-3670. Attendees must identify themselves as part of the Group or provide the Group Code UNWTO to receive the Group Rate.
Web-Based Reservations: Reservations may be made through the Hotel’s website with a group booking code UNWTO.

5. Jewel Grand Resort & Spa
Address: Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Telephone: 1-866-953-4772
Extra person rates for the three bedroom suites and Villas is US$125.00 per person. Child rates apply at US$75.00 per child 6 – 14 years old. Children 0 – 5 are free. Maximum occupancies apply.
Web-Based Reservations: Reservations may be made via email to salesjewelgrande@jewelresorts.com. Participants must use the group booking code UNWTO.

6. Holiday Inn Resort
Address: Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Website: http://caribbeanhi.com/
Telephone: +1-876-953-2485
Rates are inclusive of government tax, service charge, wireless internet, all meals, beverages and non-motorized water sports. Room tax of US $4 per room per night additional. Please use link below for reservations:
Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay- UNWTO – Sustainable Conf.

7. Zoëtry Montego Bay
Address: Mahoe Bay, Ironshore Main Rd. Montego Bay, Jamaica
Website: http://www.zoetryresorts.com/montego-bay
Telephone: +1-876-953-9150

8. Sandals Montego Bay & Sandals Royal Caribbean
Sandals is pleased to offer delegates visiting Jamaica for the UNWTO Conference in Montego Bay Jamaica from November 26 – December 3 2017 a discount of 20% off published rates for Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Royal Caribbean. These rates will be for a minimum 3 night stay.
Bookings will be available through www.sandals.com or 1.800.Sandals.com. Participants must use promotional code UNWTO17. Be reminded that Sandals is Couples only All Inclusive and all resort terms and conditions apply.

9. Half Moon Hotel
Address: Rose Hall, Montego Bay, St James
Website: https://www.halfmoon.com/
Telephone: +1-876-953-2211
Contact Person: Ms. Sharon Logan slogan@halfmoon.com
– Rates quoted are per room per night
– Please add nightly 10% Government Tax, 15% Service Charge and $4.00 Occupancy Tax
– Maximum room occupancy is 2 adults
– Not All Inclusive

Conference Details

What are the languages that will be used at the conference?

The working languages of the Conference are English, Spanish and French.

When does registration close?
When does the conference take place?

The 2017 UNWTO Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism will be held on November 27-29, 2017 at the:

Montego Bay Convention Centre, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica, W.I.


Where do I collect my badge for the conference?

Participants are expected to collect Conference Packets at the Registration Desk located in Block C at the Montego Bay Convention Centre as follows:

  • Sunday, November 26th – 2 pm – 6 pm
  • Monday, November 27th – 8 am – 6 pm
  • Tuesday, November 28th – 8 am – 8:30 am

Packets will include individual badges, conference programmes and other important information.

Local Transportation

Are there any transportation arrangements in place?


Upon arrival in Jamaica, the host country will provide a shuttle bus service to participants from the Donald Sangster International Airport (MBJ) to official hotels and back.

Participants arriving in Kingston may take the Knutsford Express in order to travel to Montego Bay by road. This however would be at the expense of the participant.

During the Conference period, shuttle buses will provide transportation for participants from the official hotels to the Conference venue and other venues programmed.


Are there any vaccination requirements in place when traveling to Jamaica?

Jamaica has a travel requirement in place for Yellow Fever. All persons older than one year, who are travelling from a country where there is a risk of Yellow Fever transmission, and persons who are transiting through a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission for more than twelve hours, are required to show proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever before entering the country.

Nationals of the following countries need to show proof of vaccination against Yellow Fever:

Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Cote d’Ivorie, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda and Venezuela

Nationals of the following countries need to show proof of vaccination against measles, rubella and polio:

Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Republic of, Slovenia

No travel requirements for Malaria are in place. Persons arriving from countries endemic for Malaria will be interviewed at the Health Desk at the airport. Persons who are arriving from countries with risk for transmission of other Diseases of Public Health concern will be treated as per any restrictions / instructions in place at the time from the Ministry of Health.

NOTE: Travelers should check the International Travel and Health website for updates.

Visa Requirements

Do I need a Visa to enter Jamaica?

No, if you are a national of the following countries

Albania Guadeloupe Papua New Guinea
Anguilla Guatemala Paraguay
Antigua & Barbuda Guyana Peru
Argentina Honduras Poland
Australia Hong Kong Portugal
Austria Hungary Romania
Bahamas Iceland Russian Federation
Bangladesh India St. Kitts & Nevis
Barbados Ireland St. Lucia
Belarus Israel St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Belgium Italy Independent States of Samoa
Belize Japan San Marino
Bermuda Kazakhstan Serbia, Republic of
Bolivia Kenya Seychelles
Bosnia & Herzegovina Kiribati Sierra Leone
Botswana South Korea Singapore
Brazil Latvia Slovak Republic
Brunei Darussalam Lesotho Slovenia
Bulgaria Liechtenstein Solomon Islands
Canada Lithuania South Africa
Chile Luxembourg Spain
China Macedonia St. Martin
Colombia Malawi Suriname
Costa Rica Malaysia Swaziland
Croatia Maldives Sweden
Cyprus Malta Switzerland
Czech Republic Martinique Tanzania
Denmark Mauritius Tonga
Dominica Mexico Trinidad & Tobago
Dominican Republic Moldova Turkey
Ecuador Monaco Turks & Caicos Island
El Salvador Montserrat Tuvalu
Estonia Montenegro Uganda
Fiji Mozambique Ukraine
Finland Namibia UK of Great Britain & Northern Ireland
France Nauru United Republic of Tanzania
Gambia Kingdom of the Netherlands United States of America
Germany Netherland Antilles Uruguay
Ghana New Zealand Vanuatu
Greece Norway Venezuela
Grenada Panama Zambia

Yes, nationals of the following countries REQUIRE a visa to enter Jamaica and should obtain visa prior to arrival by contacting the nearest Jamaican diplomatic or consular mission. Please visit www.mfaft.gov.jm for a list of these offices.

Afghanistan Guinea Niger
Algeria Guinea-Bissau Nigeria
Angola Guinea-Conakray Oman
Bahrain Haiti Pakistan
Benin Indonesia Palau
Bhutan Islamic Republic of Iran Philippines
Burkino Faso Iraq Qatar
Burundi Jordan Rwanda
Cameroon North Korea Sao Tome & Principe
Cambodia Kuwait Saudi Arabia
Cape Verde Lao People’s Democratic Republic Senegal
Cayman Islands Lebanon Somalia
Central African Republic Liberia Sri Lanka
Chad Libyan Arab Jamaihriya North Sudan
Comoros Madagascar South Sudan
Democratic Republic of Congo Mali Syrian Arab Republic
Cote D’ Ivorie Micronesia Thailand
Cuba Marshall Islands Togo
Djibouti Mauritania Tunisia
Egypt Mongolia United Arab Emirates
Equatorial Guinea Morocco Vietnam
Eritrea Myanmar, Union of (formerly Burma) Yemen
Ethiopia Nepal Zimbabwe
Gabon Nicaragua

Nationals of the following countries REQUIRE a visa to enter Jamaica and may obtain visa on arrival:






(Affidavit of identity required)





British Virgin Islands


(Affidavit of identity required)


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