Preparations underway for Tourism Resilience Summit of the Americas to be held in September

Published on : Monday, January 7, 2019

Preparations have started for the Tourism Resilience Summit of the Americas, which would take place at the University of the West Indies, Mona on September 13, 2018.

Jamaican Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett announced its headline speakers, who will be sharing leading opinions and experiences on climate challenges and crisis management.

The glorious list of speakers for the summit include: Prime Minister Andrew Holness; Professor of Crisis & Disaster Management at Bournemouth University’s Disaster Management Centre, Lee Miles; Director of the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), Professor Aldrie Henry-Lee and Director of Disaster Risk Reduction Centre at the University of the West Indies, Dr. Barbara Carby.

To quote Minister Bartlett, “I am very pleased with the fact that Jamaica is playing host to this very important event, which we expect to have a positive and meaningful impact on building better global resilience of our industry. Our country aims to lead the way in providing guidance to our neighbours by helping in any way we can to provide leadership in critical areas of managing global disruptions.”

The resilience summit would be held under the theme ‘Tourism Resilience through Global Synergies’, and will evaluate existing and emerging disruptions related to tourism management globally.

The summit will also scrutinize the risk of these disruptions to the global tourism product and identify a synergetic, strategic and operational framework for mutual partnerships between and among major governmental, non-governmental and business entities. It will also find out mitigation strategies for these global disruptions.

“This summit forms part of my ministry’s efforts to build resilience within the region and globally. Resilience building has become even more crucial in a world that is hyper connected and as such more susceptible to climate change, epidemics and pandemics, terrorism and cybercrime,” Bartlett added.

There would be other eminent speakers at the summit as well besides those stated above.

Minister Bartlett disclosed that the Summit will specifically explore themes like developing awareness and sensitization strategies; designing capacity building programmes; resource mobilization; development of crisis management systems; development of risk reduction systems; communication management; building global networks for tourism resilience and recovery management planning.

 

The summit is a precursor to the official launch of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre next year, which will be a global hub to assist destination preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions and/or crises that affect tourism and threaten economies and livelihoods globally.

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