Global Rescue to assist in developing Jamaica's tourism resilience — Bartlett

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has announced that Jamaica is now making formal arrangements with Global Rescue to assist with the development of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, which will be launched next year in Jamaica.

Global Rescue, a leading provider of medical, security, intelligence and crisis response services to corporations, governments and individuals, provided crisis response services during and following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, the 2011 Tsunami in Japan, the 2015 earthquake in Nepal and a slew of other major crises.

“We are excited about this arrangement, because Global Rescue can provide what we call the boots on the ground for the centre,” Bartlett said.

“They already have that capability, in terms of their own experiences and their activities at basically every corner of the globe. We feel that with them Caribbean countries will have a ready response for rescue as well as other kinds of mitigation support during crises,” he added. The announcement was made on Friday, during a meeting at the Montego Bay Convention Centre with representatives from the international organisation, as well as other senior Ministry of Tourism officials.

The minister noted that Global Rescue is one of the most sought after companies of the kind. He also noted that Global Rescue will assist with support regarding resilience and security issues. “We met in London last month at the meeting of the board for the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre. At that discussion, there was the initial thought of collaboration between the two centres. Formal arrangements for this collaboration will be executed at the global launch, that will take place at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on January 30,” said the minister.

The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, which will be housed at the University of the West Indies, will assist vulnerable states in destination preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions and/or crises that threaten economies and livelihoods globally with real time data and effective communication.

Balford Henry

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