Op­por­tu­nity for gas­tron­omy

Jamaica Gleaner - - HOSPITALITY JAMAICA -

The cat­a­lyst for MoBay’s tourism ex­pan­sion?

JA­MAICA’S THRUST to­wards be­com­ing a ma­jor global gas­tron­omy des­ti­na­tion is to be bol­stered by the coun­try’s host­ing one of the United Na­tions’ most cru­cial con­fer­ences on sus­tain­able tourism.

The event, set for De­cem­ber 2017 in the tourism cap­i­tal, Montego Bay has been dubbed an “op­por­tu­nity for gas­tron­omy; not only for the health and well­ness net­work, but par­tic­u­larly for en­ter­tain­ment and mu­sic to help show­case Ja­maica’s food, which will be on dis­play”, Min­is­ter of Tourism Ed­mund Bartlett an­nounced last Wed­nes­day at the Hil­ton Rose Hall.

He was speak­ing at a Gas­tron­omy of Fats and Oils ‘The Art of Choos­ing, Pre­par­ing and Cook­ing Good Food’ sem­i­nar at the Montego Bay re­sort. Hosted in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Se­prod Group, the event en­tailed a se­ries of pre­sen­ta­tions by chefs and ex­perts on how to ef­fec­tively use fats and oils to fur­ther en­hance culi­nary de­lights within the tourism sec­tor.

Gas­tron­omy is one of the pas­sion points be­ing touted by the min­is­ter as ways of tak­ing Des­ti­na­tion Ja­maica to the next level.

Un­cer­tain of the ex­act date the event will take place, Bartlett said these were both pri­vate and public sec­tor arms of the World Tourism Or­gan­i­sa­tion (UNWTO) com­ing to­gether to put on a global event for the first time.

FIRST GLOBAL CON­FER­ENCE

Beam­ing with pride, the tourism min­is­ter said that with the dec­la­ra­tion of 2017 be­ing named In­ter­na­tional Year for Sus­tain­able Tourism De­vel­op­ment, “lit­tle Ja­maica has been se­lected as the venue for the first global con­fer­ence on tourism de­vel­op­ment and sus­tain­abil­ity”.

The Montego Bay Con­ven­tion Cen­tre has been se­lected as the venue.

On show will be spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tions of rum, spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tions of cof­fee, and the var­i­ous foods that the is­land boasts.

Ac­cord­ing to the tourism min­is­ter, a fo­cus on gas­tron­omy could be the cat­a­lyst for the ex­pan­sion of Montego Bay’s tourism prod­uct.

PHOTOS BY CLAU­DIA GARD­NER

Tourism Min­is­ter Ed­mund Bartlett tests some but­ter made by Se­prod at the Gas­tron­omy of Fats and Oils sem­i­nar at the Hil­ton Rose Hall in Montego Bay on Wed­nes­day. At right is gen­eral man­ager of Caribbean Prod­ucts Com­pany Cle­ment Bur­nett, while to the left are mar­ket­ing man­ager at Se­prod, Matthew Sa­muda; Di­rec­tor of Tourism Paul Pen­ni­cook, and Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Tourism, Jen­nifer Grif­fith.

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