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Minister McNeill to Attend World Travel Market 2014

Release Date: 
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 15:00

KINGSTON, JAMAICA: October 31, 2014 – Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, is set to travel to London, England, to participate in World Travel Market 2014, which will be held from November 3-5, 2014. The Minister departs the island tomorrow, November 1.

World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry, is a vibrant business-to-business forum presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to UK and international travel professionals.  It provides a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business.

During WTM 2014, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will be hosting a Ministers’ Summit  on November 4 at which Minister McNeill has been invited to be a panelist on the theme: “Tourism and Mega Events: Building a Lasting Legacy”.

The UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit will bring together tourism ministers and leading tourism experts from all over the world to debate key issues surrounding tourism and mega-events, in particular:

  • How to measure the impact of mega events on tourism destinations
  • How to ensure adequate infrastructure development and planning
  • How to promote environmentally sustainable events
  • How to translate the hosting of mega events into strong destination brands
  • How to promote community engagement and invest in human capital

Minister McNeill is being accompanied by Director of Tourism, Paul Pennicook, and Consultant – Airlift & Special Projects, John Lynch.  He will return to the island on Thursday, November 6, 2014.