Jamaican minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has joined other global decision-makers in Cancun, Mexico, for the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit 2021.
The event is positioning itself as the first in-person hospitality show since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic early last year.
Bartlett will join the chief executive of the United States Travel Association, Roger Dow; Yucatán governor Mauricio Vila Dosal; and Peru minister of tourism, Rocío Barrios, for a panel discussion.
The summit will also enable minister Bartlett and other international tourism sector representatives to finalize talks regarding the level of support to be provided to volcano-hit Saint Vincent & the Grenadines.
This follows recent discussions during a WTTC meeting chaired by minister Bartlett, involving Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of Saint Vincent & the Grenadines.
Bartlett will also be discussing multi-destination tourism and the strategies that are to be finalized for implementation, with representatives from the Dominican Republic, Panama, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
While in Mexico, the Jamaica tourism minister also met with the minister of tourism for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Al-Khateeb.
The two took the time to discuss tourism resilience.
Following the meeting, Bartlett was invited by minister Al-Khateeb to join the board of the Global Tourism Academy.
The body will support the work of the Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC), the brainchild of Minister Bartlett, which will now open a location in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.