Bartlett wins Challenge Award

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

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THE International Travel Crisis Management Summit (ITCMS) in London honoured Jamaica's Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett last week Thursday with the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) Champions in Challenge Award.

The award, sponsored by marketing communications firm Finn Partners, honours industry leaders who have stood up in exceptional times of challenge, and have made a real difference through their words and their actions.

Additionally, it was announced that the ITCMS will transform into the Resilience Council, a year-round communications platform that will focus on the key areas of preparedness, communications, thought leadership, recovery, and resilience.

Bartlett will serve as co-chair, along with Dr Taleb Rifai, former UNWTO secretary-general of the founding board for the council.

Dr Rifai, who presented the IIPT award to the minister, described Bartlett as a champion, in joining forces with global tourism leaders, as a means of achieving destination growth and opportunity, especially when facing challenges.

He commended his integral role in establishing the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, which will be housed at The University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

Bartlett expressed his admiration for the IIPT, when accepting the award, noting that he was honoured to receive such an award from the IIPT.

“I intend to continue my work to launch the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre in 2019, so that together we can carry out vital research and analysis on destination preparedness for crises that impact tourism and travellers visiting destinations all around the world,” he said.

Founded by Dr Louis D'Amore in 1986, the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism is a non-profit organisation, which works globally to raise awareness of the vital role that tourism can play to foster peace by treating every traveller as a potential Ambassador for Peace.

Other recipients of the IIPT Champions in Challenge Awards included the CEO of Nepal Tourist Board, Deepak Joshi, and the CEO of the US Travel Association, Roger Dow.

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