More than 19 members spanning government, academic, corporations and NGOs were in attendance. Pictured above are, from left to right:
- Dr. Taleb Rifai – Temporary Chairman of the GTRC Board & Former UNWTO Secretary General;
- Mr. Lee Miles – Professor of Crisis and Disaster Management, University of Bournemouth, United Kingdom;
- Mr. Brett Tollman – CEO and President of The Travel Corporation
- Hon. Edmund Bartlett – Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism & Co Chair of the Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre;
- Ambassador Dho Young-shi – Chair, UNWTO’s Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation
- Ambassador Richard Bernal – Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Affairs, University of West Indies, Representing Vice-Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles.
Other leaders who are members of the Board of Directors but are not pictured include:
- Dr. Mario Hardy, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
- Mr. Ryoichi Matsuyama, President, Japan National Tourism Organization
- Mr. Earl Jarret, Chief Executive Officer, Jamaica National Group
The main topic of discussion at the Board Meeting was the absolute priority the Centre will focus on in its first year, which will be to launch a Global Tourism Crisis Barometer. The Barometer will assess the preparedness of destinations worldwide to cope with crises, be that of natural disasters, economic crisis or pandemics. Ultimately, the Centre will provide destinations with a Resilience Mark, which will resonate with visitors as well as the tourism industry and investors. Similar to the Kitemark in the UK ensuring product and service quality, the Resilience Mark will be bestowed upon the destinations that meet a certain criteria of crisis preparedness.
The Global Centre for Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management is a first-of-its-kind resource based in the Caribbean at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. The Centre’s mission 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.