Ms. Elizabeth Mackay, tourism lecturer at CHTM, had the distinct privilege of having a paper accepted for presentation at the prestigious United Nations World Tourism Organization conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism held in Montego Bay Jamaica, November 27-29, 2017. The paper, ‘One Eleuthera Foundation: from Shared Vision to Inclusive Development – Building Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism‘, was co-authored by Chief Executive Officer of the One Eleuthera Foundation, Mr. Shaun Ingraham.
With over 100 speakers and more than 1,500 delegates, the conference, the largest to be convened outside of the United Nations General Assembly. The conference was an official event of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. High level government officials, international agency representatives, academia, the private sector, tourism concerns and students attended the three day event.
The conference represented a key opportunity to present information on the efficacy of civil society in creating partnerships for inclusive and sustainable development. The presentation focused on One Eleuthera’s success in overcoming development challenges in Eleuthera through engagement with key partners locally and internationally.
Retiring Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, Taleb Rifai; Allen Chastenet, Prime Minister of St. Lucia; and Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism (Jamaica) were among the distinguished speakers to address the delegates. Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness gave the keynote address
The conference was convened in partnership with the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the World Bank Group, Government of Jamaica, and Inter-American Development Bank, in collaboration with the World Travel and Tourism Council, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, Caribbean Tourism Organization, Chemonics and The George Washington University.
Arising out of the conference, the Montego Bay Declaration on ‘Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’, calls for the prioritization of inclusive and sustainable growth in tourism and recognizes the vulnerability of, and special circumstances of, small island developing states. The declaration identifies financing, partnerships and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals as critical factors in tourism planning and development. It further recognizes the global importance of tourism and presents guidelines for harnessing tourism’s potential to create positive and sustainable change in countries, communities and lives.
© 2017, E. Mackay