Video: Jamaica to host regional tourism expo
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett
Jamaica is set to host the 37th Caribbean Tourism Marketplace in Montego Bay on January 29.
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett made the announcement earlier this week at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston.
The Caribbean’s largest marketing event will take place over three days, through January 31 and is expected to attract hundreds of tourism interests from across the region.
It is a part of the United Nations World Tourism Organization - Government of Jamaica Second Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth.
The conference, aimed at highlighting the pivotal role played by small and medium enterprises in the tourism sector, will feature a keynote address by former Colombian President, Alvaro Uribe Velez.
Minister Bartlett said the market dynamics of the global industry were changing with the ongoing emergence of India and China as major source destinations.
“India and China together will represent more than 40 per cent of global tourism by 2030,” he said, adding that China had just eclipsed the U.S as the world’s largest outbound destination.
“It’s expected that China will have more than 200 million visitors going across the world by 2030,” Bartlett said. He also said that India is expected, by 2025, to surpass China as the Earth’s most populous nation,” according to Bartlett.
Both countries already have over one billion inhabitants.
Minister Bartlett pointed out that projections for growth in regional tourism for 2019 were placed at just over 2.5 per cent, with Jamaica and the Dom Rep are leading in terms of the expected volume of growth.
In 2017, Jamaica welcomed a record 4.3 million visitors, with expectations that the 2018 figures will surpass that number.