Holness, Malta's president honorary chairmen of global resilience centre

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness and President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca of Malta have both accepted the role of honorary chairmen of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has said.

The announcement follows Bartlett's recent meeting with President Coleiro Preca, who is patron of the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation (MTF), to discuss the country's possible participation and collaboration in the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, which is currently based at Mona in Jamaica.

“We recognise that the time for partnership in resilience building is now given the increase in global disruptions such as hurricanes, earthquakes and cybercrimes, and I am pleased that Jamaica, as a thought leader, is the driver of this initiative,” the minister said.

He also noted that the acceptance highlights the partnership between two vulnerable states, which will allow for deeper dialogue on building more resilient and sustainable tourism in both countries.

The centre, which will be housed at The University of the West Indies, Mona, is being designed to help vulnerable states across the world to recover quickly from natural disasters. It will specifically target destination preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions and/or crises that threaten economies and livelihoods globally, with real-time data and effective communication.

Bartlett also pointed out that it was a great honour for him to have the leaders of both countries as part of the ground-breaking for the resilience centre.

“This is what smart tourism is about, which will help us to make data-driven decisions. We are committed to adapt to global changes and, as such, build capacity to respond and recover even better in the event of any global disruptions,” he stated.

The centre will also house a Sustainable Tourism Observatory to assist with preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions. It will also support policymakers and businesses to develop better strategies to support a more competitive global tourism sector.

The official launch of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre is scheduled for January 2019 during the Caribbean Travel Marketplace, which will be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

The minister, who was accompanied by permanent secretary in the ministry of tourism, Jennifer Griffith, was expected to return to Jamaica late yesterday.

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