The 5th UNWTO World Forum on Gastronomy Tourism was held at the Kursaal Congress Center in Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain, earlier this month and attended by the director of Jamaica’s Tourism Linkages Network, Carolyn McDonald-Riley, and Nicola Madden-Greig, the chairman of the Gastronomy Network within the Tourism Linkages Network.
The two represented Jamaica at the conference which focused on ”job creation and entrepreneurship as a means to advance tourism´s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”.
McDonald-Riley and Madden-Greig joined other national and local tourism administration representatives from around the globe as well as professionals,chefs, educators and other tourism and gastronomy industry stakeholders.
Madden-Greig, who participated in a panel on entrepreneurship and how to support small and medium-ssized enterprises in gastronomy explained the objectives of Jamaica’s participation in the event.
“The reason for attending last year, as well as this year, is to be at the forefront of the gastronomy tourism movement and to see what other countries are doing, to identify good practices, to work to promote gastronomy tourism and to see what other areas we as a country may implement at the local level to network with other professionals in the field and to exchange ideas,” she stated.