Jamaica Tourism Minister, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, on Friday led a series of meetings with the leadership of the World Bank Group, the Organization of American States (OAS) and other global policy stakeholder interests at their respective headquarters in Washington DC to address a range of Tourism policy issues.
The issues centered on the development of a Global Centre for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management to assess, plan for, forecast, mitigate, as well as manage risks related to tourism development and more coordinated support for indigenous micro, small and medium sized tourism enterprises in Jamaica.
Minister Bartlett highlighted “We are encouraged by the phenomenal performance of the sector last year which saw a record 4.3 million in arrivals and US$3Billion in foreign exchange earnings. It is therefore critical that we act on these policy issues to make 2018 even better for our economy and people.”
“I am excited about the progress my Ministry has been making and the exciting new projects we are working will ensure the continued growth of the sector to benefit the people of Jamaica.” He added.
The issues emanated from the Montego Bay Declaration, which outlined a series of actions and commitments designed to help different actors achieve the goals of inclusive, sustainable growth through tourism. The Declaration was a result of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism, which took place last November at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.
The OAS, World Bank and other stakeholders including Chemonics International, a prominent international development company all committed to supporting the Conference outcomes and work with the Government of Jamaica in achieving sustainable tourism development objectives.
Minister Bartlett was joined by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks and Senior Advisor/Strategist, Delano Seiveright.