Jamaica to Launch Global Tourism Resilience Day on February 17 

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett is set to launch the first ever Global Tourism Resilience Day at Expo 2020 Dubai.

“We will launch Global Tourism Resilience Day on February 17 as Jamaica prepares to mark Jamaica Day the following day,” said Bartlett, Co-Chair of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC), in a press release. “The focus will be on the ability of countries to build capacity to respond to international shocks and to be able to predict with greater certainty their responses. It will also aid countries in understanding and mitigating the effects of these shocks on their development, but most importantly, it will help them manage and recover quickly afterwards. We will begin this process by advocating to international bodies such as the United Nations for the observation of a Global Tourism Resilience Day beginning February 17, 2023.”

Minister Bartlett shared that the theme for the inaugural Global Tourism Resilience Day forum will be "Harnessing the Path to Recovery through Resilience and Investment” and will highlight the inherent and unquestionable links between tourism resilience and regeneration.

“In this regard, Dubai Expo offers a perfect space to showcase our work and build global partnerships with key decision makers continuing our mission to provide guidance to global, regional, and national tourism stakeholders,” GTRCMC and Resilience Council Co-Chair, Dr. Taleb Rifai added. The Expo has just surpassed 10 million visitors and has 108 countries represented in individual pavilions.

Global and regional speakers will share key information on investment which leads to resilience. Case studies will be highlighted by speakers such as the Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew HolnessKenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta; Minister Reyes Morato of Spain; Minister Faisal Al-Fayez of JordanAdam Stewart, executive chairman of Sandals Resorts International as well as Julia Simpson, CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council along with others. 

Taking place in the DP Pavillion in Dubai, the event starts at 1:00 pm local time and closes at 5:30 pm. 

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