Bartlett officially launches Kenya's Global Tourism Resilience Satellite Centre

Bartlett officially launches Kenya's Global Tourism Resilience Satellite Centre

Thursday, January 21, 2021

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Kenya's Global Tourism Resilience Satellite Centre has been officially launched by founder and Co-chair of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC) and Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett.

This follows initial discussions to establish this Satellite Centre at the Kenyatta University two years ago.

“The establishment of this satellite centre at Kenyatta University will expand the global reach of the Global Resilience Centre. I am particularly excited as it will be a critical asset in enhancing tourism resilience and sustainability among East African destinations,” Bartlett said.

“Additionally, the Kenya Satellite Centre will be a focal point for developing, coordinating and supporting resilience-building and response efforts,” he continued.

Bartlett also highlighted that, “Tourism in East Africa is now in a better position to bounce back quickly after disruptive events. The need for tourism resilience has become more critical as threats become more common and the GTRCMC Eastern Office presence will further enhance the capacity of the tourism sector across 16 African countries.”

According to Professor Lloyd Waller, the executive director of the GTRCMC, “The Eastern Africa Satellite Centre itself forms part of a wider global network of centres around the world that collectively function as a global think tank to tackle global and regional challenges to the tourism sector through the sharing of information. Already, our joint efforts regarding tourism recovery have demonstrated the utility of such an approach to tourism resilience."

“Ultimately, this centre will become a key catalyst for sustainable tourism development and ensure that global tourism can adapt and respond to the uncertainties of its internal and external environment,” Bartlett added.

Established in 2017 and housed at The University of the West Indies, the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre's mission includes assisting global tourism destinations with destination preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions and/or crises that affect tourism and threaten economies and livelihoods globally.

The GTRCMC has offices in the Caribbean, Africa, and the Mediterranean and affiliates in over 42 countries.

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