Published on : Saturday, March 11, 2017
Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism has revealed that Jamaica has accepted a special invitation from the UNWTO to become a member of the High Level Task Force on Tourism and Security (HLTF), which seeks to progress discussions on the current safety and security situation facing the tourism sector globally.
To quote Minister Bartlett, “I am extremely honoured that Jamaica has been invited to join this important task force on tourism and security. It is with pleasure that I accept this invitation on behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica.”
With threats of security and safety becoming growing challenges worldwide, HLTF was created and approved by the 104th session of the UNWTO executive council in November 2016. To quote Dr. Taleb Rifai, the UNWTO Chief, “the task force intends to “address the current safety and security situation in travel and tourism and strengthen our collective efforts by bringing together expertise from our sector and various interrelated stakeholders, including from the security, defence, foreign affairs and the intelligence communities.”
Participation in the HLTF is on a pro-bono basis and members will initially serve for a term of two years. However an extension of the HLTF may be considered by UNWTO. Minister Bartlett is currently in ITB Berlin.