Jamaica and Kenya to Collaborate in the Area of Tourism

KINGSTON, Jamaica –Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica and Kenya have agreed to collaborate in the area of tourism as the two countries seek to strengthen their hospitality sectors.

GEcAGETourism Minister Edmund Bartlett and Kenya’s Nana Gecaga. (Photo courtesy of JIS)Bartlett said the partnership will entail collaboration between the Montego Bay Convention Centre and the Kenyatta International Convention Centre and followed talks on Wednesday with the chief executive officer of the Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Nana Gecaga.

According to a statement issued here with both countries having a keen interest in MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions), Bartlett said one of the key points in the talks was intended to be “a movement when we begin to codify, if not solidify the connection between the Montego Bay Convention Centre and the Kenyatta International Convention Centre.

“We are the location in the Caribbean for big meetings, exhibitions and incentive activities, as Kenya is in Eastern Africa, so we think that synergy exists and that collaboration will inure to the benefit of all.”

Gecaga said the twinning of the two convention centres is a tangible step in achieving that objective.

“I think definitely there’s a lot of synergies that can take place,” she said, pointing to the need for Jamaica to be part of an association that would pave the way for it hosting major award ceremonies and other events.

She said this would allow for a partnership in which Kenya bids for a major convention with a key factor being the ability to offer Montego Bay as a rotating host.

Among other proposals, she identified were, having an exchange programme and being proactive in creating events.