Published on : Wednesday, February 6, 2019
For Jamaican tourism visitor surety is a top priority. Dr. Andrew Spencer, Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company Ltd. (TPDCo), appointed Dr. Peter Tarlow, partner of Certified Travel, as the head of the new National Jamaica Tourism Security team. TPDCo is charged with the responsibility for Destination Assurance under the directive by the country’s Honourable Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett.
This follows a number of meetings between Dr. Tarlow and the Mr. Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica Minister of Tourism, with Jamaica Minister of National Security, the Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, and senior members of the Ministry of Tourism (MOT) and its agencies.
Dr. Tarlow is a leading industry professional with specific expertise in various security aspects.
Dr. Peter Tarlow pointed out: “Tourism is the world’s leading peaceful industry and a major economic development tool. The tourism industry is also security (crime and terrorism) sensitive, and a lack of tourism surety has a major impact on tourism and event-oriented economies. Additionally, when public officials are tourism-sensitive, they offer the general public better service, economic opportunities, and an improved standard of living.
“The hospitality industry’s number one job is to protect its guests, and visitors demand safety and security by well-trained professionals. If the tourism industry fails in this regard, everything else becomes irrelevant.