Jamaica gets tourism forum

It has been announced that Jamaica will host a conference that Cayman was hoping to bid for.

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference will be held at Montego Bay Convention Centre in May 2011, said Jamaica’s Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, at the opening of the recent Caribbean Marketplace conference.

“The conference will be timely, coming as it does in May at a time the world is slowly emerging from the global recession and investors are looking for new opportunities to get going again and to be part of the upswing,” he said. In 2009, the conference was held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and was attended by members of private and public sector organisations from Cayman, including Premier McKeeva Bush. At the time, it was confirmed that part of the reason for travelling was to try and secure the conference during 2010 for Cayman. Chairman of the Cayman Islands Investment Council, William Peguero said hosting it in the future is still of interest. “We tried to bring the event to Cayman but the dates and logistics didn’t work out for Cayman. We are glad that it is coming to our brothers in the East of Cayman and we look forward to attending the event; for sure we will benefit by having the major players from the hoteliers and financial sector in one place. Hopefully we will be better able to host [the conference] in 2012.”