PRESS RELEASE – SLHTA President Karolin Troubetzkoy has accepted an invitation to attend the inaugural meeting of the Board of Governors for the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRC), which will be held on November 4, 2018 in London, UK.
The mission of the Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre 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 GTRC is currently working to finalize the structure and formation of the Centre’s Board of Directors.
The temporary Chairman of the Board is former United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Dr. TalebRifai. Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett will serve as co-chair.
Ms. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, the President of Malta, has given her full support of and will personally engage with the CGTRC
Additionally, HRH Prince Sultan Bin Salman, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, a man who commands tremendous respect from the International tourism community has pledged his commitment to fully support the Centre.
While not being able himself to join the board, due to time constraints, he has agreed to name a representative from the Commission to the Centre’s Board.
Other Board members of the Centre include: Dr. Mario Hardy, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Mr. Brett Holman, Chief Executive Officer of The Travel Corporation;’ Mr. Lee Miles, Professor of Crisis and Disaster Management, University of Bournemouth, United Kingdom; Ambassador Dho Young-shim, Chairman, UNWTO Sustainable Tourism – Eliminating Poverty Initiative (ST-EP); Mr. Ryoichi Matsuyama, President, Japan National Tourism Organization; Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies; and Mr. Earl Jarret, Chief Executive Officer, Jamaica National Group
The Centre, which will be sited at the UWI Mona Campus, will be formally launched during the Caribbean Marketplace Expo in Montego Bay, from January 29-31, 2019.