Community Tourism will be celebrating the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, which is taking place in Madrid Spain (Travel, Enjoy, Respect), at the Mandeville Hotel, Manchester Jamaica on January 18. The UN International Year will promote tourism’s role in the following five key areas: Inclusive and sustainable economic growth; social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction; Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change; cultural values, diversity and heritage; and mutual understanding, peace and security

​This Diaspora inspired special occasion aligns with the Economic Growth Council's recommendations for "Harnessing the power of the Diaspora" with the introduction of a Global Diaspora Engagement Plan (GDEP), designed to bring Global Diaspora and Community Businesses as Villages together for economic opportunities, job creation and inclusive growth, building on family links and wider relationships that exist between the UK/USA/Canada.

Keynote Speaker will be Ms. Maureen Denton, Executive Director & Head of Growth Secretariat Economic Growth Council and official welcome will be given by His Worship the Mayor of Mandeville, Councillor Donovan Mitchell.                                      

The Global Diaspora Engagement Plan is derived from the Caribbean Diaspora Delivery System (CDDS) a facilitated framework for the digital transformation of the traditional Diaspora leadership, management and involvement model by providing strategic leadership in communication, governance and implementation.