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President's Welcome

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE JAMAICA HOTEL AND TOURIST ASSOCIATION

For over 27 years The Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association in partnership with the Jamaica Tourist Board has been successful in organising JAPEX, Jamaica's Premier Business-to-Business travel trade show. The three-day event will take place September 24-26, 2017 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. The conference brings together the island's hoteliers, attractions, transport companies and all entities forming a part of Jamaica's tourism industry with tour operators, travel agents and international press from the USA, Canada, UK, Latin America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region, all with the aim of making connections and closing deals.

With 2017 being the UNWTO International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and Jamaica being host to The UNWTO Conference marking the designation, JAPEX will feature seminars to share with hoteliers and tourism players regarding how they may continue to make sustainable practices a significant part of their operations. We will also explore advances in technology and marketing which will help proprietors to better connect with visitors. JAPEX 2017 will also feature the customary one-on-one meetings between suppliers and buyers.

This year, I am pleased to announce our event has been extended to the international and local MICE market who have now been invited to discover how they may leverage Jamaica's facilities in delivering their events and delighting customers.

As is customary, JAPEX closes each day with a festival experience, giving attendees the opportunity to truly connect with Jamaica's vibe and culture. Opening night will include a cocktail party and concert on the grounds of the Montego Bay Convention Centre, Sandals Group will set the night ablaze on day two with an event on its Sandals Montego Bay property and the final night will be hosted by Chukka Caribbean Adventure Tours and Expedia at the Good Hope Estate.

We are gearing up to make JAPEX a resounding success, with even more buyers and even more exhibitors and we hope you can join us in realising that goal.

Welcome to JAPEX 2017 and we look forward to seeing you in September.

Omar Robinson
JHTA President

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