Bartlett to participate in international webinars during Tourism Awareness Week

Bartlett to participate in international webinars during Tourism Awareness Week

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett will participate in international webinars as part of activities to observe Tourism Awareness Week, which kicked off Sunday and will culminate on October 3.

The minister provided details at a Jamaica Information Service ( JIS) think tank, held at the agency's head office in Kingston last week.

“I am going to be involved with some international webinars. One with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on food security in rural development and tourism, and another which will be put on by the University of Bournemouth in the United Kingdom (UK),” Bartlett said.

For the UK webinar, Bartlett said his presentation will focus on global resilience, which will come from his own experience and position as chairman of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre.

“In addition, we are going to be having a panel discussion on elements of tourism's involvement and the role that it will have to play with COVID-19 and pos- COVID, in building communities and strengthening rural development,” Bartlett added.

The Ministry of Tourism, he said, will host a series of webinars of its own, focusing on what is being done to build capacity among rural partners.

“We will be looking at the funding arrangements that are in place at the EXIM Bank and at Jamaica National Small Business. We will be looking also at what the Government is doing, through the Ministry of Finance programmes that are bringing some $1.2 billion to be available through grants for small and medium tourism enterprise,” Bartlett pointed out.

He said the conversation will also surround empowerment activities and community tourism.

Tourism Awareness Week is being celebrated under the theme 'Tourism and Rural Development'.

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