Published on : Monday, August 21, 2017
To quote Edmund Bartlett, “I know that many people fear the potential impact that technology-driven companies can have on the tourism and travel industry, but they are rapidly transforming things. The type of innovation these companies bring to the table must be embraced, and we must use the disruption caused by new technology to create greater efficiencies and manageable outcomes in the sector. We cannot be left behind and must adjust quickly.”
To quote Delano Seiveright, senior advisor/strategist to the tourism minister, “senior executives at Airbnb had long extended an invitation to Minister Bartlett and his team to participate in strategic meetings, also to tour their headquarters in San Francisco, an area hub to the world’s most successful tech companies”.
Seivwright further explained, “The meeting will advance initial discussions regarding an MOU signed in December between the Jamaica Tourist Board and Airbnb aimed at driving tourism growth and diversity. It will also focus on the participation of Airbnb as a sponsor and presenter at the upcoming Government of Jamaica/World Tourism Organization/World Bank conference on Jobs & Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism, scheduled for November 27-29, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.”