Jamaica’s Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, has urged the United Nation’s World Tourism Organization, UNWTO to help the Bahamas in efforts to re-construct sections of the country which were ravaged by Hurricane Dorian.
Minister Bartlett made the appeal yesterday while he addressed the 23rd session of the UNWTO General Assembly which is underway in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Minister Bartlett told the high level forum that it’s real experiences such as what transpired in the Bahamas that inspired the establishment of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre which is headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica.
The Tourism Minister noted that the center’s mission includes assisting global tourism destinations with destination preparedness and recovery from developments which may impact tourism and threaten economies.
Minister Bartlett told the assembly that for decades various countries have championed resilience in words but now is the time to act.
The Tourism Minister said he’s inviting the General Assembly to express solidarity with the government and people of the Bahamas.
Bartlett further call on the UNWTO to focus on helping to build back better structures and a more resilient economy in the Bahamas.
Minister Bartlett also told the meeting that global resilience efforts should be founded on effective crisis communication to build awareness and informed messaging.
He told the Assembly that one of the best ways to assist the Bahamas is to visit the Bahamas and attract callers to her ports.