Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett discusses investment opportunities in Jamaica from Dubai
DUBAI, Nov 11 (The CONNECT) - Jamaica, an award-winning destination with the coolest pavilion at the ongoing World Expo 2020 in Dubai, got a boost with the visit of country’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett.
Bartlett interacted with both strategic partners as well as curious visitors who came by to see the Jamaican pavilion which has been seeing footfall of over 800 visitors daily.
The Minister said he is actively working with many major airlines for developing new routes to travel to Jamaica and make the travel from India and Middle East easier. Also, that dialogues have been initiated towards getting tourism investments.
Bartlett said, “We are enjoying a V-shaped recovery with a built-out strategies and the protocols that enable a safe return to wonderful vacations in Jamaica. We have created resilient corridors that allow our visitors to be in a safe bubble. And we have had an infection level of 0.05%, which is phenomenal. So, we have enjoyed the benefit of over 1 million visitors since reopening in June 2020”.
He had a series of cruise investment meetings with DP World, a major multinational logistics company based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He led discussions about investments in the Port Royal Cruise Port, the possibility of homeporting and the development of a logistics hub as well as other infrastructural investments.
The Minister met with the DP World Chairman, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, through his emissary, Executive Vice President of DP World, Mohammed Al Maullem and other senior executives at their offices at the World Expo. The delegates from DP World expressed interest in Jamaica. Minister Bartlett and executives of DP World are to continue these discussions in the near future with the Port Authority of Jamaica and the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.
“The fortunate thing for us,” Bartlett said, “is that geography was in our favour in that 85% of the touristic values of Jamaica are within our resilient corridors. So, we were able to develop strong, COVID management protocols, fully recognized and appreciated by the World Travel and Tourism Council”.