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.
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.
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.
As Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett MP holds one of the most influential positions in the travel and tourism industry. A die-hard sports fan too, he’s just arrived in Beijing to cheer on the hugely-talented and hotly-tipped Jamaican athletics team, whose stars include the current 100m World Record holder, Usain Bolt, and his fellow countryman and arch rival, Asafa Powell.Mr. Bartlett dropped into the World Travel Awards VIP Sports Lounge at the Westin Beijing Financial Street to share his excitement with the press on the eve of track and field events, and Saturday’s blue-riband event - the men’s 100m final.
Ben Kilbey. London.Hon. Aloun N’dombet-Assamba, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism and Transport, has a certain magic about her. A warm face and one of those smiles that makes you want to smile right back. When she speaks you listen. When it comes to Jamaica Hon. Assamba is passionate, more then passionate, perhaps slightly obsessive. This is what drives the greatness that she is achieving. Jamaica is booming under Hon. Assamba’s guidance. The first quarter of ‘04 saw a figure of 366,085 tourists. That equates to a 7 percent increase over 2003. Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism and transport Aloun Ndombet-Assamba stated, “In the first three months of this year the regions growth has continued with Jamaica seeing a 7 percent increase. April was a bumper month, as stop-over arrivals in Jamaica increased by 17.5 percent.”