International Conference & Exhibition for Jamaica this summer
The Jamaica Tourist Board has issued a release of a planned conference and exhibition this summer. The event is geared towards promoting tourism in Jamaica and other international destinations. Representatives of global tourist organisations will make presentations. Among the topics that will be discussed are: shaping the future of supply chain resilience; reforming the global tax system; charting the future of inclusive e-commerce; building a new generation of sustainable and environmental entities; and ecosystems of trust driving prosperity. See the below release:
Distributed by CTO on behalf of the Jamaica Tourist Board
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
REPRESENTATIVES FROM TOP GLOBAL ORGANIZATIONS WILL SPEAK AT WORLD FREE ZONES ORGANIZATION’S ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION IN JAMAICA
KINGSTON, JAMAICA, MAY 24, 2022 – Jamaica is looking forward to welcoming keynote speakers and panellists from top organizations around the world for the World Free Zones Organization’s 8th Annual International Conference & Exhibition (AICE) 2022, the first to be held in the Caribbean when the highly anticipated event takes place on the island this summer.
“Hosting this premier global event provides Jamaica with the opportunity to host a number of key individuals specializing in sustainable economic growth and the advancement of international trade,” said the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica. “As we are working to diversify our tourism sector to make it more resilient to disruption, we could not be more pleased to have the opportunity to speak with and learn from those who specialize in attracting investment that will align with and support our goals.”
The 2022 AICE program will feature executives from multilateral organizations and other major institutions who will speak about free zones as partners for building resilience, promoting sustainability and achieving prosperity. Among the noteworthy professionals confirmed to participate in the program are the Hon. Andrew Holness, Prime Minister, Jamaica; Dr Samir Hamrouni, CEO, World Free Zones Organization, UAE; James Zhan, Director, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, Switzerland; Richard Trevino, Deputy Secretary-General, World Customs Organization, Belgium; Scott Hodge, President, Tax Foundation, USA; Emilio Pineda Ayerbe, Chief, Fiscal Management Division, Inter-American Development Bank, USA; and Jacopo Dettoni, Editor, fDi Intelligence, Financial Times, UK.
Among the topics they will be discussing at the event are: shaping the future of supply chain resilience; reforming the global tax system; charting the future of inclusive e-commerce; building a new generation of sustainable and environmental entities; and ecosystems of trust driving prosperity.
Dr. Samir Hamrouni, CEO of the World Free Zones Organization (WFZO), emphasized the importance of the WFZO AICE returning to an in-person event, especially in Jamaica, as it is a bridge to the Latin American and US markets. He said, “As we come out of this pandemic, we continue to see the effects it is having on society and economies, and more directly on the global supply chains and Free Zones. The WFZO remains committed to our philosophy of ‘Converge, Connect and Converse’. We see a great number of opportunities arising and believe that the AICE is the perfect platform for bringing together key international decision-makers, service providers and consultants to exchange knowledge, experiences, and best practices to drive our industry into the future.”
“The conference is expected to advance Jamaica’s goal to attract major investment opportunities for the development of large-scale modern Special Economic Zones,” said Senator the Hon. Aubyn Hill, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce. “It will also showcase our country as an ideal location for Special Economic Zone investment while underscoring our rich cultural heritage.”
Themed, ‘Zones: Your Partner for Resilience, Sustainability and Prosperity,’ the World Free Zones Organization’s AICE 2022 five-day event will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from June 13-17, 2022. It is expected to bring over 1,000 visitors to Jamaica.
Registration for AICE in Jamaica is now open at www.aice2022.com and a complete event program and speakers may also be viewed on the website.
For more information about Jamaica, please visit www.visitjamaica.com.
About The Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. JTB offices are also located in Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Mumbai, Tokyo and Paris.
In 2021, the JTB was declared ‘World’s Leading Cruise Destination,’ ‘World’s Leading Family Destination’ and ‘World’s Leading Wedding Destination’ for the second consecutive year by the World Travel Awards, which also named it the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board’ for the 14th consecutive year; and the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Destination’ for the 16th consecutive year; as well as the ‘Caribbean’s Best Nature Destination’ and the ‘Caribbean’s Best Adventure Tourism Destination.’ In addition, Jamaica was awarded four gold 2021 Travvy Awards, including ‘Best Destination, Caribbean/Bahamas,’ ‘Best Culinary Destination –the Caribbean,’ Best Travel Agent Academy Program,’; as well as a TravelAge West WAVE award for ‘International Tourism Board Providing the Best Travel Advisor Support’ for a record-setting 10th time. In 2020, the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) named Jamaica the 2020 ‘Destination of the Year for Sustainable Tourism’. In 2019, TripAdvisor® ranked Jamaica as the #1 Caribbean Destination and #14 Best Destination. Jamaica is home to some of the world’s best accommodations, attractions and service providers that continue to receive prominent global recognition.
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Website at www.visitjamaica.com or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. View the JTB blog at www.islandbuzzjamaica.com.
About The World Free Zones Organization
The World Free Zones Organization (World FZO) is a not-for-profit entity representing and acting as a unified voice for over 2,260 free zones around the world, spread across more than 168 countries on every continent. We aim to transform the way free zones are understood and interact with the broader economy Established in Geneva, Switzerland and headquartered in the Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, World FZO provides global leadership in terms of knowledge of free zones, works to enhance public and general knowledge and perceptions of free zones, provides a multitude of services (such as research, events and data) for its members and the business community.
World FZO also helps increase awareness of the advantages of free zones in terms of economic and social development, and foreign and direct investment.
About the AICE
Held annually, the World FZO AICE is the world’s “must attend” event for free zones and associated entities. It is an opportunity to build awareness among World FZO members and prominent participants from across the globe.
Over the course of the event, world-class speakers and senior policymakers, academics, multi-lateral organizations and global business leaders from over 80 countries come together with delegations from international free zones to share best practices and foster public awareness of the role and contribution to economic growth that free zones make.
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