Tourism Minister of Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett said that Jamaica will host a resilience summit with key global stakeholders and thought leaders on September 13 at the University of the West Indies, Mona.
The particular date was selected to commemorate hurricanes Irma and Maria, which had devastated the region earlier.
To quote Minister Bartlett, “This summit forms part of my ministry’s efforts to build resilience within the region and globally. Resilience building has become even more crucial in a world that is hyper-connected and as such more susceptible to climate change, epidemics and pandemics, terrorism and cybercrime.”
The resilience summit, to be held under the theme ‘Tourism Resilience through Global Synergies’ will evaluate existing and emerging disruptions related to tourism management globally. The summit will examine the risk of these disruptions to the global tourism product and identify a synergetic strategic and operational framework for mutual partnerships between and among major governmental, non-governmental and business entities for addressing and developing improvement strategies for these global disruptions.
The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre was one of the major outcomes of the Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism under the esteemed partnership of the UNWTO, the Government of Jamaica, the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
The Centre would be housed at the University of the West Indies, Mona, and will have a Chairman of the Board of Directors and Vice Chairmen include Dr. Talib Rifai, the former UNWTO Secretary General and Minister Bartlett.