Region needs support to build disaster resilience– Bartlett

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, addresses the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Tuesday (November 28) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James. (photo via JIS)
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, addresses the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Tuesday (November 28) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James. (photo via JIS)

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says it is critical that the region get the necessary support to enable it to effectively prepare, manage and recover from natural disasters.

He noted that resilience against hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters is important in protecting the tourism product on which the people of the region are so heavily dependent.

He was speaking at the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Global Conference on Tuesday (November 28).

Minister Bartlett noted that the Caribbean is the most tourism-reliant region on earth, with one in five workers directly or indirectly employed by the sector while more than 40 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) is directly related to tourism activities.

In addition, he said, of the 79 countries of the world that have tourism-dependence of 10 per cent and more, the top 13 are within the Caribbean space.

Read more at: Jamaica Information Service