Bartlett praises tourism sec­tor hur­ri­cane re­sponse

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

MIN­IS­TER OF Tourism Ed­mund Bartlett is ex­press­ing grat­i­tude to lo­cal tourism part­ners for their ac­tive role in the sec­tor’s emer­gency plan­ning and re­sponse ef­forts dur­ing the pe­riod when Hur­ri­cane Matthew posed a threat to Ja­maica. A re­lease out of Bartlett’s min­istry said he re­mained thank­ful that the is­land was spared the brunt of Matthew which passed off­shore the is­land. He sin­gled out the min­istry’s Tourism Emer­gency Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre (TEOC), which pro­vided im­por­tant, timely in­for­ma­tion to stake­hold­ers around the clock. As Ja­maica braced for the pos­si­ble im­pact of Hur­ri­cane Matthew, the min­istry ac­ti­vated the TEOC at The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus ho­tel in Kingston to co­or­di­nate emer­gency ser­vices for the lo­cal tourism sec­tor. Tourism en­ti­ties across the is­land also took pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures to safe­guard life and prop­erty. “I am truly grate­ful to the staff and vol­un­teers who de­voted many hours of their time to en­sure that the in­dus­try and our vis­i­tors were kept safe and fully in­formed about the im­pend­ing weather sys­tem. Their sup­port pro­vided valu­able re­as­sur­ance to the tourism com­mu­nity. I also wish to thank all our tourism part­ners for the im­por­tant role they played in­clud­ing the man­age­ment and staff of The Ja­maica Pe­ga­sus for ac­com­mo­dat­ing our Tourism Emer­gency Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre,” said Min­is­ter Bartlett.


“We have a well-de­vel­oped tourism dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness and emer­gency man­age­ment in­fra­struc­ture that can han­dle th­ese types of threats. I am ex­tremely pleased that there was no dam­age to the is­land’s tourism sec­tor and that our tourism en­ti­ties such as our re­sorts and at­trac­tions are op­er­at­ing as they nor­mally would,” Bartlett said. He em­pha­sised that “Ja­maica is open for busi­ness, and I en­cour­age per­sons to con­tinue to visit our is­land and ex­pe­ri­ence a unique and mem­o­rable va­ca­tion that only Ja­maica can pro­vide”. While be­ing grate­ful that Ja­maica was spared the brunt of Hur­ri­cane Matthew, Bartlett urged Ja­maicans to keep in their prayers the peo­ple of Haiti, Cuba and other coun­tries that have been, or, that are likely to be im­pacted by Matthew.


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