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Bartlett in Kenya to establish resilience outpost

Edmund Bartlett, minister of tourism for Jamaica, has paid a flying visit to Kenyatta University to review progress towards the setting up of a Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre.

The centre, which opened earlier this year, will have an office based at the university.

The mission of the centre is to carry out policy-relevant research and analysis on destination preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions that impact tourism and threaten economies.

It will also play a role in training officials to respond to crises as they evolve as well as developing communication capacities.

During his tour, minister Bartlett was hosted by Kenyatta University vice-chancellor, Paul Wainaina.

Bartlett, who is also a board member of the African Tourism Board, received an ebony carving gift from the Kenyatta University.

Also participating in the meeting was the principal secretary in the ministry of tourism and wildlife, Joe Okudo, and Felistus Kinyanjui, chairperson at the department of international relations and conflict studies.