Bartlett moves tourism policy with OAS, World Bank

Saturday, February 24, 2018

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WASHINGTON, United States — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett on Friday led a series of meetings with the leadership of the World Bank Group, the Organisation of American States (OAS) and other global policy stakeholder interests at their respective headquarters in Washington DC to address a range of tourism policy issues.

The issues, the tourism ministry in a release today explained, centered on the development of a Global Centre for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management to assess, plan for, forecast, mitigate, as well as manage risks related to tourism development and more coordinated support for indigenous micro, small and medium-sized tourism enterprises in Jamaica.

The issues emanated from the Montego Bay declaration, which outlined a series of actions and commitments designed to help different actors achieve the goals of inclusive, sustainable growth through tourism.

The declaration was a result of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Government of Jamaica, World Bank Group and Inter-American Development Bank Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism, which took place last November at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James.

The OAS, World Bank and other stakeholders including Chemonics International, a prominent international development company all committed to supporting the Conference outcomes and work with the Government of Jamaica in achieving sustainable tourism development objectives.

Bartlett was joined by Jamaica's Ambassador to the United States, Audrey Marks and Senior Advisor/Strategist, Delano Seiveright.

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