Ed­mund Bartlett named Caribbean Hos­pi­tal­ity Per­son­al­ity of the Year

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WESTERN BUREAU: JA­MAICA’S MIN­IS­TER of Tourism Ed­mund Bartlett was the re­cip­i­ent of one of two spe­cial awards given at the 23rd World Travel Awards at San­dals Ochi Beach Re­sort on Satur­day night. Bartlett was pre­sented with the ti­tle of Caribbean’s Lead­ing Per­son­al­ity for Out­stand­ing Ser­vices to Tourism, and San­dals Foun­da­tion was hon­oured with a tro­phy for Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity Projects.

Bartlett, who has given over 35 years of ser­vice to Ja­maica, was first ap­pointed min­is­ter of tourism in 2007, a po­si­tion he held un­til De­cem­ber 2011. This is his sec­ond ten­ure in the tourism in­dus­try, hav­ing earned a solid track record of ser­vice as an out­stand­ing leg­is­la­tor in cen­tral govern­ment in both cham­bers of Par­lia­ment.

Ac­cept­ing the award at an im­pres­sive Caribbean and North Amer­ica Gala Cer­e­mony, Bartlett ded­i­cated the hon­our to the peo­ple of Ja­maica.

“It is the peo­ple of this coun­try who have made this coun­try so out­stand­ing. The lit­tle con­tri­bu­tion I give, I con­sider it God’s will,” he stated.

He said the coun­try’s great­est as­sets, its peo­ple, were the ones at­tract­ing tourists to the shore­lines.

Bartlett, who has trav­elled the world forg­ing al­liances with strate­gic part­ners for global ini­tia­tives, cur­rently chairs the Board of Af­fil­i­ate Mem­bers of the United Na­tions World Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion (UNWTO).

He be­came the first per­son to serve on the ex­ec­u­tive of both the pub­lic and pri­vate­sec­tor arms of this pres­ti­gious or­gan­i­sa­tion. Dur­ing his first ten­ure as tourism min­is­ter, he served as vice-chair­man of the ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil of the UNWTO, rep­re­sent­ing the Amer­i­cas. He also served as vice-pres­i­dent for the 19th Gen­eral Assem­bly of the UNWTO held in South Korea in 2011.

AD­VO­CATE FOR ED­U­CA­TION

A grad­u­ate of the Univer­sity of the West Indies, where he ma­jored in ac­count­ing, be­yond the du­ties of his as­signed port­fo­lio, Bartlett has con­tin­u­ally cham­pi­oned the ad­vance­ment of ed­u­ca­tion, skills train­ing and job cre­ation as ways of im­prov­ing the lives of his con­stituents in East Cen­tral St James.

He is pas­sion­ate about ed­u­ca­tion and so his ef­forts have been about cre­at­ing schol­ar­ships for both stu­dents and teach­ers, thus rais­ing the bar for ed­u­ca­tional achieve­ments.

“The World Travel Awards brand is recog­nised glob­ally as the ul­ti­mate hall­mark of qual­ity, with win­ners set­ting the bench­mark to which all others as­pire. Bartlett has set the stan­dards we con­tinue to cel­e­brate,” said Gra­ham Cooke, pres­i­dent of the World Travel Awards.

World Travel Awards was es­tab­lished in 1993 to ac­knowl­edge, re­ward and cel­e­brate ex­cel­lence across all sec­tors of the tourism in­dus­try.

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