Tourism Resilience Summit of the Americas to take place in September in Jamaica

Published on : Monday, January 7, 2019

Preparations are being undertaken for the Tourism Resilience Summit of the Americas, which is scheduled to take place at the University of the West Indies, Mona, on September 13, 2018. Jamaica Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett announced the headline speakers of the summit.The list of speakers include: Prime Minister of Jamaica, the Most Hon. 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.

Minister Bartlett said, “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.

“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,” Minister Bartlett added.

Besides the above mentioned, there would be other notable speakers at the summit.
Minister Bartlett also said that the Summit will specifically explore themes such as: 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.

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