Jamaican Tourism Minister will meet technology giants to gear tourism

Published on : Monday, August 21, 2017

etn.travel45f834269e626fd5bc92d3c0-afa0921f4c6e115eb4a71d05ddefaa495a9fe317Edmund Bartlett, the Tourism Minister of Jamaica will lead his team to San Francisco at California to engage in the strategic meetings at the headquarters of international technology powerhouses Google, Airbnb and Uber for the better transportation to enhance the tourism opportunities in Jamaica.



The high official meetings will engage itself with two of the five strategic pillars of the tourism ministry by building the new products and fostering new partnerships.



Bartlett said that Jamaica will gear itself to promote tourism along with the arrival and the potentiality of the technology- driven companies, which will change the tourism approach and the use of the transportation and the technology. Jamaica needs to embrace these developments to create greater efficiencies and the manageable outcomes in this sector.



Meanwhile, the Senior Advisor and the Strategist to the Tourism Minister Delano Seiveright noted that the 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 technology companies.




The meeting will move forward in the taking down the initial discussions regarding an MOU signed in December between the Jamaica Tourist Board and Airbnb aimed at driving tourism growth and diversity.



This travel- technology assignment will also give a spotlight on the participation of Airbnb as a sponsor and presenter at the upcoming Government of Jamaica and the World Tourism Organization, World Bank conference on Jobs & Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism, scheduled for November 27-29, 2017 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.



The international market for Airbnb in Jamaica is quickly increasing and is tremendously lucrative. In fact, the site currently boasts thousands of active hosts and active listings locally. Jamaica also welcomed upwards of 32,000 visitors via Airbnb last year, by benefitting many of the communities across this Caribbean island nation, including the Trench Town in Kingston, and generating income for many homestays.



Airbnb is a trusted community -marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world in the online platform.



Airbnb connects the people to exclusive and the wonderful travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and 191 countries.



The tourism minister of Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett will be connected by Seiveright and Jamaica’s Honorary Consul to Los Angeles Lorna Mae Johnson.



He will to the Caribbean island on August 27, 2017.




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