GTRCM: London was about Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management


The first board meeting for the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis management center concluded at the Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel in London today. Tourism Resilience discussion included Climatic and Seismic, Pandemic, Security and Cybersecurity Management, Entrepreneurial management, digital transformation, human capital development, policy, communication and advocacy.

Under the leadership of the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism Jamaica, and Dr. Taleb Rifai former UNWTO Secretary-General the board and observers met for the first time a day before the start of the World Travel Market in London.

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The meeting was attended by board members and associate members including Dr. Mario Hardy, CEP PATA, Brett Tollman, CEP The Travel Corporation, Lee Miles, Professor of Crisis and Disaster Management University of Bournemouth, UK, Ambassador Dho Young-Shim, Chairman ST-EP, Hon. Elena Kuntoura, Minister of Tourism Greece and a number of known leaders in the travel and tourism industry including David Scowsill, former CEO of WTTC, Isabel Hill, director national travel and tourism office United States, Karolin Troubezkoy, president St. Lucia Hotel & Tourism, Patricia Affonso-Dass, president Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, Commissioner Dr. Lloyd Waller from Jamaica, Anita Mendiratta, Cache Consulting,  the head of the Mediterranean Tourism Association, Juergen Steinmetz, eTN Corporation and several others.

Vice Chairman Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, president of Malta attended by Video hook-up.

The center will establish a Global Tourism Resilience Barometer. It will be a comprehensive measure, at a global level of the current atmosphere and level of resilience among countries as it relates to global disruptions.

UNWTO did not attend the meeting.

The second board meeting along with the official launch will be in Montego Bay, Jamaica January 29-31, 2019

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.