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OAS Secretary General Meets with Regional Tourism Authorities

  March 2, 2011

OAS Secretary General Meets with Regional Tourism Authorities

The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today met with the Minister of Tourism of Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett, and with the Regional Director for the Americas of the World Tourism Organization (WTO), Carlos Vogeler, in his office in Washington, DC.

During the meeting, the high officials expressed their common desire to increase and reinforce cooperation on matters of tourism between the institutions they represent, since all of them share various common objectives and approaches to the subject. In particular, they spoke about the need to raise the role played by the tourism sector in countries of the region to face economic, social and environmental problems of diverse types, such as poverty, gender inequality and climate change.

Secretary General Insulza expressed his wish to take advantage of the great opportunities for collaboration that exist between the OAS, the government of Jamaica and the WTO, and highlighted the importance of the tourism sector in various Member States of the hemispheric Organization. Bartlett and Vogeler, for their part, emphasized the importance of tourism in strengthening relations between countries of the region and expressed their wish to share future meetings with the OAS leader.

Reference: FNE-4898