Jamaica has been elected to the Chair of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Executive Council for 2014 to 2015.

The country is represented by Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill.

The tourism ministry says Jamaica’s election marks a historic first for the country, which currently serves as first vice-chairman of the Executive Council for 2013, after previously serving as second vice-chair.

Jamaica will assume the top position of chairmanship in October 2014, and will preside over several important meetings, including the next UNWTO General Assembly.

Jamaica was elected during the UNWTO’s 20th Session of the General Assembly, which was held from August 24 to 29, 2013 in Victoria Falls, at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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