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WTM news: Jamaican minister calls for responsible travel advisories

Addressing delegates on safety and security at WTM, Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s tourism minister, called for global oversight of travel advisories issued for destinations. 

“This call for global oversight is being made in the context of the significance of tourism as a main economic driver in an increasing number of countries and implications that these advisories can have on the economic viability and stability of countries who are heavily tourism-dependent,” Mr Barlett said during a panel discussion. 

He also made the call at the launch of the World Travel and Tourism Council Crisis Readiness Report in partnership with Global Rescue, saying that while Jamaica has not been severely impacted by travel advisories there are other countries who have been.

“Travel advisories weigh heavily on the decisions of tourists to visit destinations. Many times, these advisories do not have timely review and consequently continue to carry a perspective on the destination which may long have changed thus putting at risk the economic viability of those communities,” Mr Barlett said. “There should be a global body which offers some oversight in the area and would intervene on behalf of some of these countries to have adjusted advisories that reflect a more accurate picture as to what is happening.”

Kenya’s cabinet secretary for tourism and wildlife, Najib Balala, echoed Mr Bartlett’s sentiments and highlighted the negative impact of old information regarding security and safety issues remaining for years on websites, even after the events have passed.


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