Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has welcomed the start of construction on the RIU Aquarelle. The Spanish hotel chain is the first foreign investor to break ground for a hotel construction since the reopening of Jamaica’s tourism sector after the pandemic.
Jamaica welcomed more than 1.5 million visitor arrivals in 2021, beating predictions, whilst on-island spending exceeded US$2 billion.
Jamaican tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett, and director of tourism, John Lynch, have come in for high praise from the hierarchy of the World Travel Awards for their exceptional guidance of the country’s tourism industry and for ensuring the destination remains on the forefront of world tourism.
Jamaica’s position as a leader in the global tourism arena has been further bolstered after the destination was elected to serve in several key leadership positions within the United Nations World Tourism Organisation. Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett revealed: “Jamaica has been elected to serve as vice president for the 19th General Assembly of the UNWTO now underway in South Korea and as Jamaica’s representative I will again preside over several sessions of the Assembly.”
A high-level Caribbean delegation has begun a three-day lobby in the UK today against what it sees as unfair increases in airport passenger duty to the region that could have a crippling impact on its tourism industry.
Edmund Bartlett - Minister of Tourism, Jamaica interviewed at ITB 2010 - PART 1 of 2
Edmund Bartlett - Minister of Tourism, Jamaica interviewed at ITB 2010 - PART 2 of 2
The Caribbean’s tourist leaders have a golden opportunity to become creators of a new tourism architecture that will drive tourism in the region. That was a key message to emerge from the third Annual Tourism Outlook Seminar, held at the Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica.
The United Nations World Tourism Organisation will be working with the Jamaica Tourist Board and other regional tourism partners to rebuild the industry in Haiti following the devastation caused by the earthquake.
In the first of a series of interviews ahead of Caribbean Marketplace 2010, BTN talks to the Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Minister for Tourism on his plans for 2010.