Jamaica tourism minister emphasizes the importance of tourism

Wednesday, July 19, 2023



Hon. Edmund Bartlett, the Tourism Minister of Jamaica emphasized the prominence of the travel and tourism segment while speaking to the members at a distinctive side event in the course of the United Nations (UN) High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) concerning sustainable development lately.

Throughout the panel dialogue held at the UN head office in New York City, Mr. Bartlett shared the threats and prospects within the setting of defending tourism flexibility that he presently deals with as a minister in placing tourism at front for attaining the SDGs.

Mr. Bartlett presented tourism as the only feasible financial segment creating a lot of work opportunities
for inhabitants and revenue prospects for micro, small and medium-sized initiatives. This became
predominantly obvious after the pandemic when tourism confirmed that it was the chief instrument of
development for an economy that felt overwhelmed by the pandemic.

Measured alongside the 17 SDGs, Minister Bartlett said that the tourism division proved its huge prospect to provide outcomes concerning quite a few of these.

In Jamaica, Minister Bartlett said that tourism creates jobs not only in the segment itself, but with the help of its value chain in several other areas like the traditional trades, construction, manufacturing, transportation, entertainment, handicrafts, health, financial services, agriculture or information and communication technologies.

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