Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Bartlett demands global support for hurricane-impacted Bahamas
Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Hon Edmund Bartlett today urged members of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly expressing solidarity with the federal government and folks of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, following passing of Hurricane Dorian.
Addressing the known members of the 23rd Session of the UNWTO General Assembly in Saint Petersburg, Russia, the Minister said, “The Bahamas is really a key partner in the UNWTO network and served as chair of the Americas. We think this General Assembly should observe the existing situation there and resolve to provide all of the support that’s possible to make sure a speedy and effective recovery.
I further call upon the UNWTO to aid in the reconstruction process with a concentrate on ‘building better&rsquo back; and thriving that is the essence of resilience.”
In his official address, the Minister stated The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre also, located at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, stands prepared to serve as a car of implementation for the collective efforts of the UNWTO.
“It really is real experiences like this that inspired the establishment of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre. For many years, we’ve championed resilience in words, may be the time and energy to act now,” said the Minister.
The Global Tourism Crisis and Resilience Management Centre’s mission includes assisting global tourism destinations with destination preparedness, recovery and management from disruptions and/or crises that affect tourism and threaten economies and livelihoods globally.
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He also noted that resilience efforts for the tourism sector ought to be founded on effective crisis communication to create awareness and public education for informed messaging.
The UNWTO can be an agency in charge of the promotion of responsible, sustainable and accessible tourism universally. It offers members from 158 countries, 6 territories and over 500 affiliate members from the private sector. In addition, it offers support and leadership to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.
The Minister also used the chance to invite the members of the overall Assembly to help expand show their support for the Bahamas by booking their next a vacation to the island.
“We emphasize and reiterate the positioning of the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, that indeed the simplest way to support the Bahamas would be to go to the Bahamas as a tourist.
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The Minister and his delegation are anticipated to come back from Russia, 2019.
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