New Jamaica tourism research centre announced

 

The centre's mission is to carry out policy-relevant research and analysis on destination preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions or crises that impact tourism and threaten economies and livelihoods globally.

The centre will be fully operational by January 2019. The centre seeks to make Jamaica and other Caribbean countries prepared to react to extreme weather events, natural disasters and political turmoil. Global partners include the University of the West Indies, Queensland University in Australia, Hong Kong Polytechnic, Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom, and George Washington in the United States of America.

Tourism is now so important for the region that any problem quickly affects numbers and spending of tourists.

A 2017 report by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) reported that, while tourism remains strong globally, travellers are increasingly concerned about safety in the face of unrest and terror conflicts, public health crises, climate change and natural disasters, and cybercrime and cyber-security.

By convening domestic and international policymakers and practitioners at all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and academia, the centre will develop innovative, research-based strategies to address and confront current and future threats.

The centre also will include a sustainable tourism observatory, which will assist with preparedness, management and recovery from disruption. The observatory will support policymakers and Jamaica's Ministry of Tourism has launched the Global Centre for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management, a first-of-its-kind resource based in the Caribbean at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.

Visit the IMTJ Country report on Jamaica for analysis of the medical tourism sector.

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