Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is to seek more international support for the establishment of the Global Centre for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre at the University of the West Indies, Mona while in Jordan.
Bartlett departed the island on Saturday to participate in the first ‘Resilience Through Tourism Summit’ in Amman, Jordan, a release from the Ministry of Tourism today said.
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“The trip to Jordan is critical to the development of our Resilience Centre. While there, I will meet with the former Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization Dr Taleb Rifai and a number of other experts,” Bartlett explained.
“Critical to this visit will be my meeting with former Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon to see what role he can play in this centre which has the potential to have a positive impact on vulnerable states across the globe,” he continued.
The tourism ministry said Bartlett was invited to speak at the event by the Travel Weekly Group.
Travel Weekly is one of the partners supporting the implementation of the Global Tourism Resilience Centre (GTRC) and has been arranging meetings and providing platforms such as this event for the centre to gain exposure and attract potential new partners.
The GRTC will be tasked with creating, producing and generating toolkits, guidelines and policies to handle the recover process. It will also include a Sustainable Tourism Observatory, which will assist preparedness, management and recovery of crises which impact tourism and threaten economies and livelihoods.
Bartlett is scheduled to return to the island on June 29.