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Jamaica’s Tourism Minister wins Global Tourism Innovation Award


Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Honorable Edmund Bartlett is the recipient of the Inaugural Chairman’s Award for Global Tourism Innovation at the just concluded Travvy Awards. The Global Tourism Innovation award is presented to a destination or individual who has developed or created a plan that will have an impact on tourism globally, economically, socially and culturally.

Minister Bartlett was recognized with the inaugural Chairman’s Award for Global Tourism Innovation for the development of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC). The award was collected by communications strategist, Mr. Delano Seiveright, on behalf of Minister Bartlett who is attending FITUR in Spain concluding negotiations will two new hotel brands.

“I am truly humbled to be recognized and I accept this award on behalf of Jamaica and our tourism stakeholders who continue to be thought leaders. This award is also very timely given the fact that we are about to officially launch the Centre which is one of a kind and will be a serious game changer for tourism worldwide” said Minister Bartlett.

The annual Travvy Awards recognize the highest standards of excellence in the travel industry and honour travel companies, travel products, travel agencies, and destinations for their outstanding achievement.

Feedback from the Travvy Awards team indicated that the ‘introduction of the Centre for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management by Jamaica Tourism Minister Hon Edmund Bartlett, and the foreseen positive impact it will have on tourism, placed Mr. Bartlett and his beloved Jamaica at the top of the list. His role within the UNWTO is a clear representation as to his commitment to advancing tourism financially, culturally and in a sustainable manner.’

The official launch of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre is scheduled for January 30 2019, during the Caribbean Travel Marketplace, which will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.
The Centre, which will be housed at the University of the West Indies Mona, was first announced during the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism, held in Montego Bay last November, as a response to political turmoil, climatic events, pandemics, shifting global economies as well as crime and violence which can be devastating to travel and tourism.