eTN is pleased to echo Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Hon Edmund Bartlett announcement today, that highly regarded international expert, Dr. Peter Tarlow, will join the team in Jamaica carrying out an intensive security audit of the tourism sector in Jamaica.
eTN Corporation recently teamed up with Tourism & More to jointly operate the eTN Travel Security Training and Certification program, providing consulting, training and certification to law enforcement, security, and travel and tourism professionals. The eTN Travel Security Training and Certification program is specialized in safety, security, and associated services under the leadership of Dr. Peter Tarlow and a team of internationally recognized leaders in the travel and tourism security field.
Dr. Tarlow is a world-renowned speaker and expert specializing in the impact of crime and terrorism on the tourism industry, event and tourism risk management, and tourism and economic development. Since 1990, Tarlow has been aiding the tourism community with issues such as travel safety and security, economic development, creative marketing, and creative thought.
The Hon Edmund Bartlett said: “Following my recent commissioning of a full security audit of all hotels and attractions, we have requested the support of international expert Dr. Peter Tarlow to join the operational team from the Tourism Product Development Company, which is driving the process.
We want to make it clear that the Ministry is moving aggressively through its destination assurance strategy to continue the process of maintaining Jamaica as a safe, secure and seamless destination and enlisting Dr. Tarlow is part of that strategy,” said Minister Bartlett.
Peter Tarlow is a scholar in the area of tourism safety, a consultant for the tourism industry, and the founder of Tourism & More Inc. He is the author of ‘Event Risk Management and Safety’ and has been teaching ‘tourism safety’ to police chiefs around the world. Dr. Tarlow has also worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and the United Nation’s World Tourism Organization among other recognized institutions.
The security audit, which is to be completed by the first half of 2019, will identify gaps and ensure that the destination remains safe, secure and seamless for visitors and locals alike. Security arrangements are part of the licensing requirements for many sector operators and significant weakness or breaches will result in tough sanctions. So far over eight properties have been audited.
The Tourism Working Group, which was recently established by Bartlett to conduct a comprehensive review of issues in the sector, and is headed by PriceWaterhouseCoopers Senior Partner, Wilfred Baghaloo, will also be a part of the process.
Minister Bartlett added, “We are really concerned about making sure that at all points every visitor and Jamaican alike who enjoy the pristine and alluring experiences of the island are safe.”
For more information on the eTN Travel Security Training and Certification program visit www.travelsecuritytraining.com/