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Jamaica's Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, addresses a digital press conference on April 17, 2020. (File photo)

Jamaica Gov’t commissions study on tourism management of pandemic

Jamaica's Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, addresses a digital press conference on April 17, 2020. (File photo)

 The Jamaica government is to commission a study on how the island’s tourism sector has managed the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, told a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Think Tank’ that the study will be spearheaded by the executive director of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC), Professor Lloyd Waller.

“We have not, over time, documented how we have managed and worked through crises. So, we have left nothing behind, no guide post for the next generation to see and know how we have dealt with these issues.

(Photo: visitjamaica)

“And so the Resilience Centre is going to play a big role in this research and in the compilation of this document that will be in the form of that book,” said Bartlett, adding that the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) will work closely with the GTRCMC to complete the publication.

“We should have something that can become part of the study for universities and regional scholars as to how we were able to manage and to recover from this pandemic.”

Bartlett said that Jamaica has been a pioneer in tourism resilience and sustainability with commendable work being done by the Tourism Linkages Network as well as the GTRCMC, which focuses solely on the constant development of resilience strategies.

Jamaica has earned an estimated US$80 million from approximately 40,000 tourists since the Government opened the borders on June 15 last year.

— CMC