Jamaica-Based Crisis Management Centre Donates Towards Bahamas Relief Efforts

The second Board of Governors meeting of the GTRCM in London.

The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCM), established by Jamaica's Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has donated US$50,000 from towards relief efforts in the Bahamas as it recovers from Hurricane Dorian.

The GTRCM was established to support tourism-dependent countries impacted by disruptions such as natural disasters and pandemics.

“This donation symbolizes the Centre’s commitment to assisting tourism dependent states that are vulnerable to disruptions to recover and rebound. Two islands of the Bahamas suffered much damage from the passage of hurricane Dorian and still need support to rebuild and this contribution will go towards that,” said Minister Bartlett.

In collaboration with the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), the GTRCM is providing US$100,000 in support of the tourism ravaged economies of the Bahamas and other areas in the Caribbean that may be impacted in the future.

In accepting the donation, Director General of the Bahamas Tourism and Aviation Ministry, Joy Jibrilu, said, “On behalf of the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation and Government of the Bahamas, I am pleased to accept this contribution which will help with our recovery and rebuilding efforts. This show of support is deeply appreciated and shows the importance of collaboration on issues of disaster and crisis management.”

The fund will also go towards the commissioning of a baseline study to assess the vulnerabilities of the Caribbean to major disruptions such as hurricanes, pandemics and epidemics and building capacity to deal with them.

“Global trends show that given the dynamic and devastating nature of these disruptions, building resilience to predict, manage and recover from these disruptions has become even more critical and that is what the GTRCM has been established to do,” added Minister Bartlett.

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