Bartlett named ‘World’s Lead­ing Per­son­al­ity’

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Janet Sil­vera Se­nior Gleaner Writer janet.sil­vera@glean­erjm.com

WESTERN BU­REAU: FOR HIS mon­u­men­tal con­tri­bu­tion to travel and tourism, Ja­maica’s Ed­mund Bartlett has been named the World’s Lead­ing Per­son­al­ity for Out­stand­ing Ser­vices to Travel by the pres­ti­gious World Travel Awards (WTA).

The tourism min­is­ter will re­ceive the award in the Mal­dives, South Asia, this Fri­day, De­cem­ber 2. This is his sec­ond award from the WTA, hav­ing copped the ‘Caribbean’s Lead­ing Per­son­al­ity’ in Septem­ber.

Mak­ing the an­nounce­ment, WTA’s pres­i­dent and founder Gra­ham Cooke said this was th most pres­ti­gious honour of the year and would be pre­sented to an in­di­vid­ual who has made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the travel and tourism in­dus­try.

“A pos­i­tive, defin­ing im­pact, not only over the last 12 months, but over the course of a life­time,” said Cooke.

In a let­ter to the tourism min­is­ter, Cooke said the WTA Academy met to re­view suit­able candidates and unan­i­mously “one name came to the fore”.

Bartlett will share the red car­pet with the coun­try, which has copped the ‘World’s Lead­ing Ro­man­tic Des­ti­na­tion’ and ‘World’s Lead­ing Cruise Port’ for the His­toric Fal­mouth Port.

Min­is­ter with­out port­fo­lio in the Min­istry of Eco­nomic Growth and Job Creation Dr Ho­race Chang will ac­cept the award on be­half of the Port Au­thor­ity of Ja­maica.

“The red-car­pet event will be the most pres­ti­gious high-level gath­er­ing of the year,” stated Cooke, adding that the awards would be staged at the Ol­hu­veli Beach and Spa Re­sort before an au­di­ence of travel and tourism lead­ers across the globe.

“We are deeply priv­i­leged to be able to for­mally honour and recog­nise such a pi­o­neer­ing and in­spi­ra­tional man and to present to the global in­dus­try an ex­em­plary torch-bearer of undis­puted in­dus­try ex­cel­lence and the power of good to the world of travel,” said Cooke.

The tourism min­is­ter de­parts the is­land to­mor­row.

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