Climate change is no longer a future event for tourism, it is altering the decisions of today’s travellers, in the view of the Jamaica Tourist Board. The world observed the immediate impacts of climate change most recently in 2017 when hurricanes Irma and Maria caused severe destruction to several islands.
Jamaica has welcomed more British travellers than ever before in early 2019, with visitor numbers increasing by six per cent from January-April when compared to the same period last year. The results follow a trend in steady growth of British travellers to Jamaica.
Edmund Bartlett, minister of tourism for Jamaica, has met with some of the leading partners in the Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre to discuss the projects the body will launch following the opening of its new physical facility on Mona campus of the University of the West Indies in October this year.
Edmund Bartlett, minister of tourism for Jamaica, and Donovan White, director of tourism at the Jamaica Tourist Board, were in Paris to meet with major tour operators. On the agenda was a meeting with Promovacances, France’s second largest tour operator which rolled out a Jamaica programme earlier this year.
The Jamaica Tourist Board continues to lend its support to the ‘Reggae Girlz’ and during their historic World Cup debut in France. The organisation has been promoting the destination’s message and encouraging fans to keep Jamaica top of their minds when planning a holiday this summer.
Jamaica has been selected to chair the United Nations World Tourism Organisation Regional Commission for the Americas. The Caribbean nation will lead the organisation for the biennium 2019-2021.
Donovan White, Jamaica director of tourism, has announced the appointment of Angella Bennett to the position of regional director of tourism for Canada. Bennett will represent the Jamaica Tourist Board from a base in Toronto.
Having welcomed record numbers of visitors to the island in 2018, Jamaica minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, celebrates with Breaking Travel News during ITB Berlin. He also tells editor Chris O’Toole about his ambition to return the proceeds of the hospitality sector to the people of the country.