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Bahamas Delegation Chairs 64th UNWTO Regional Commission for the Americas
By Rissie Demeritte, Bahamas Ministry Of Tourism
May 26, 2019 - 11:57:17 AM

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Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Hon. Michael C. Pintard and Minister of Tourism And Aviation Director General Joy Jibrilu along with officials of UNWTO 64th Regional Commission for the Americas

Director General Joy Jibrilu and Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Michael C. Pintard, promote country’s sustainability efforts to UNWTO members

NASSAU, Bahamas - Director General of the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, Joy Jibrilu, along the Hon. Michael C. Pintard, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, represented The Bahamas at the recent UNWTO  Regional Commission for the Americas and the International Seminar on Destination Management- New Challenges, New Solutions, held in La Antigua and Guatemala City, Guatemala.

This annual event, in its 64th year, assembled the Ministers of Tourism of the Americas Region, with the aim to address the new challenges in destination management and the role of Destination Management Organizations (DMOs) whose remit is being enlarged as part of the evolution from promotion and marketing to a holistic destination management approach.

The seminar took an extensive look at challenges within the tourism industry such as the ‘ideal’ tourism governance model, maximizing visitor value while ensuring the competitiveness and sustainability of tourism destinations, and leveraging the benefits of tourism for the local economy and residents.

In his communication as Chair of the Commission, the Hon. Michael Pintard thanked all members for their attendance and spoke emphatically on the significant role that tourism plays in our global economy, highlighting the efforts that the Bahamas government has taken to meet sustainable development goals.

“Our commitment to promote tourism in the most sustainable manner in order to safeguard the Caribbean for future generations is ongoing and steadfast,” said Jibrilu. “We [the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation] are thrilled to have the Hon. Michael Pintard join us and impressively articulate those efforts.”

The meeting was attended by representatives of the following Member States of the Americas Commission: Argentina, Bahamas, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. In addition, a large number of Affiliate Members of the region, regional and international organizations, as well as other special guests, attended the event


The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.

As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

UNWTO encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, to maximize tourism’s socio-economic contribution while minimizing its possible negative impacts, and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development worldwide.

UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world.

UNWTO’s membership includes 158 countries, 6 Associate Members and over 500 Affiliate Members

representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.

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