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MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica; November 12, 2019: Minister of Tourism Hon. Edmund Bartlett says internationally acclaimed Bishop TD Jakes is looking at staging his flagship leadership conference in Jamaica next year.
The announcement was made at a special brunch, organized by Jamaica Vacations at Royalton Resort, for Bishop Jakes who docked in Trelawny with over 1800 guests as part of his Faith and Family Caribbean Cruise.
Thomas Dexter Jakes, more popularly known as TD Jakes, is a pastor, author and filmmaker. His Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, is one of America's fastest growing megachurches, with more than 30,000 members,
"As Jamaica continues to diversify its product offerings to suit the passion points of our visitors, developing faith based tourism is high on our priority list. Many people travel for religious reasons.
I am therefore honoured that Bishop TD Jakes has indicated his interest to host his mega conference in Jamaica, which will attract thousands locally and overseas," said Minister Bartlett.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) estimates that 300 to 330 million people travel for religious purposes every year.
Bishop TD Jakes' church services and evangelistic sermons are broadcast on The Potters Touch, which airs on lightsource.com, the Trinity Broadcast Network, Black Entertainment Television, the Daystar Television Network and the Word Network.
"We are excited about the possibilities of having some events in Jamaica that I think would be of interest not only to Jamaicans.
We are interested in leadership development, where business and faith can collaborate to create a more wholesome atmosphere," said Bishop TD Jakes.
Minister Bartlett added that, "Jamaica will be the ideal location for this mega conference given the island's Christian and religious culture.”