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January 7, 2020

Global Tourism Resilience Centre to be opened in April 2020

Jamaican Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett (left).

Kathmandu: Jamaican Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said that a Nepalese Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Center (GTRCM) will be opened in Nepal in April 2020.

The Jamaican Tourism Minister was in Kathmandu recently to sign a Memorandum of Understanding related to the establishment of the center. The establishment of this new Satellite Centre in Nepal is another exciting step towards global resilience building through research and real-time information sharing.

“The Centre will be located at the Tribhuvan University, which houses approximately 200,000 students who will contribute greatly to the knowledge base and development of best practices for the region,” said Minister Bartlett.

The aim of establishing global Satellite Tourism Resilience Centers is to create a network of think tanks that will develop solutions to global disruptions that impact the tourism industry.  These disruptions include climatic events such as hurricanes and earthquakes, terrorism and cybercrime, among others.

Minister Bartlett added, “I am also pleased that the GTRCM has been receiving calls from other countries such as China, Cambodia, Myanmar, and India to establish more of these Satellite Centers and we will now begin discussions for the framework to open these Centers. The calls for these Centers to be established, speaks to a global need to ensure the viability of the tourism industry through resilience building.”

The ultimate purpose of the Centre is to assist destination preparedness, management, and recovery from disruptions or crises that impact tourism and threaten economies and livelihoods globally. The Minister has returned from Nepal on Sunday, January 5, 2020.

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