Edmund Barlett, Jamaica’s Minister for Tourism, has beat the likes of sprinting superstar Usain Bolt to be voted “Man of Year 2009” by the Jamaica Observer, capping a year which has seen his island’s tourism economy power through the global downturn through savvy initiatives.
BTN interviews Edmund Bartlett, Minister for Tourism, Jamaica at World Travel Market (WTM) London 2009
Jamaica’s “golden son” Usain Bolt rounded off a brilliant World Athletics Championshsips in Berlin by being guest of honour at an exclusive reception for travel and tourism officials at the Jamaica & Tui VIP Lounge, Park Inn Hotel. The top-level gathering applauded Jamaica’s successful leverage of its sporting heroes at the nine-day tournament and the island’s ambitions to become a sport tourism front runner.
Casa Italia played host to the annual AIPS and Laureus Media receptions at the Ellington Hotel, Berlin, yesterday with guests including women’s 100m World Champion sprinter, Jamaican Shelly Ann Fraser, 100m silver medallist Kerron Stewart and Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture Olivia “Babsy” Grange,
Jamaican Tourism Minister watching Usain Bolt winning Mens 100m Final, IAAF, Berlin 2009. The World Record is broken. Jamaican Tourism Minister - Hon. Edmund Bartlett with his delegation at the Jamiacan and Tui VIP lounge in the Park Inn Hotel, Berlin.
With Sunday night’s record-breaking 100m sprint by Usain Bolt once again demonstrating why he is a once-in-a-lifetime sporting sensation, the small but hugely significant island of Jamaica showcased its brilliance once again to the world. Standing trackside for the victory, the island’s tourism officials were overwhelmingly jubilant, as nowhere better understands the link between sport and tourism.
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Professor Heinz Simonitsch is one of the living legends of the hospitality industry. In 1963 he became the general manager at Half Moon Resort in Jamaica, where he spent 40 years transforming it into a world-class resort.During his tenure he also played a key role in helping build Jamaica into a year-round destination and a favourite of the European market. He was also twice President of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association.
Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett talks to Breaking Travel News at ITB Berlin 2009.
Jamaica’s tourism industry continues to prove resilient to the downturn, posting a 2 percent increase in visitor arrivals in February, on top of a 3.9 percent rise in overall visitors in 2008.Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, said the Canadian market is particularly strong with double-digit growth, and the U.S. is showing a strong recovery.
Hon Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica Tourism Centre speaks to Breaking Travel News at World Travel Market 2008