Edmund Bartlett

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Edmund Bartlett said : “I am delighted to welcome cruise back to the tourism capital of Jamaica – Montego Bay. I am certain that this will be a welcome move for our stakeholders, especially our small and medium tourism enterprises, who earn significantly from cruise passengers. We certainly look forward to welcoming Carnival passengers to our shores and assure them that this will be a memorable but very safe experience,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 1, 2021 5:42:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : "Within the Resilient Corridors, travellers will be able to tour facilities and participate in pre-arranged excursions. Our first objective was, and continues to be, instilling confidence in travellers. We want our visitors to feel comfortable and secure when they visit us while also ensuring that their experiences are enjoyable and that our vivid Jamaican personality shines through," External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 1, 2021 5:42:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “I think that we are going to continue to appreciate the effort to manage this whole virus by iteration. And each iteration will come with its own challenges, but also its own opportunities. And, as a destination, Jamaica’s eyes are always on the opportunities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 29, 2021 8:30:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Our intention is to ensure that Jamaica gets three million cruise passengers by 2025. We have built out the infrastructure, and we are going to do further work in the marketplace in order to accomplish this important objective,” “The energy that both the Jamaica Tourist Board and JAMVAC will be putting into the market will be to position Jamaica, not just as a Caribbean destination of choice, but a destination that is attractive to people in Europe in particular, as well as Asia and the Middle East,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Swedish ) : “We are delighted with VING's decision to resume direct flights to Jamaica next winter. We are encouraged by the tour operator's trust in our destination and their charter service will significantly increase Swedish visitors, who usually stay on the island for 14 nights,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 25, 2021 10:17:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Jamaica's tourism sector continues to lead the recovery efforts for the island's economy, and I am pleased to report that we are making steady progress towards the full recovery of our sector,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 25, 2021 10:17:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “We have looked at the corridor from Half-Way-Tree to Papine,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 23, 2021 8:20:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We cannot avoid New Kingston in these discussions. Knutsford Boulevard represents itself in this regard, and it cannot be denied. So, we will have to look at not just a corridor in that sense, but in the same way we [will need to] have more than one tourism resilience corridor in Jamaica. Similarly, we can look at more than one gastronomy tourism corridor in Kingston,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 23, 2021 8:20:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are certainly not short of natural and cultural assets. This island could well be classified as the Caribbean's Garden of Eden with its wide selection of herbs and spices, fruits and vegetables, rivers and springs and enchanted sites of verdant countrysides and meandering landscapes. There are also our waterfalls, our beaches and spas that contribute to a feeling of wellness,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 20, 2021 1:48:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added ( about Strategy ) : “Over the long term, a vital component of the Blue Ocean Strategy will be to strengthen the systems for tourism zoning and theming so that the unique characteristics of each destination area will be preserved and enhanced to support their own distinct brand appeal. And that's a huge policy shift that we are announcing because it is a brand new way of approaching the whole development of the tourism product,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 20, 2021 1:48:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : "We are excited about that 23,000 Germans coming in this season because we have adequacy of airlift," "Winter is looking good and Germany is responding. Pre-COVID we had 20,000 visitors coming from Germany; with COVID projection is for 23,000 Germans to come into our space" External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 20, 2021 2:05:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : "The return of cruise shipping to our ports is further proof of the growing demand for our first-class and top-quality tourism product. Six ships in one week is an indication that the cruise sector is coming back and based on current projections, we expect to welcome some 75,000 cruise passengers between November and December 2021," “I would like to take this opportunity to commend all the stakeholders who have worked together to make this possible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 19, 2021 4:57:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The resilient corridor… is today being celebrated all over the world as a safe and secure place for enjoying, entertaining, and having fun and realising your passions and getting back home feeling comfortable but, most importantly, healthy,” “Even when infection levels were raging in the rest of the country and the world, that corridor maintained a record of 0.1 per cent infection,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 19, 2021 1:43:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “I want to say to the partners who may not have had a benefit: You will have a report that says some of us didn't get, because it is not possible for everyone to get. But, the effort is there to enable, over time, all of us,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:00:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We have to take strong steps in the country, and it is understood in the context of what we want to do,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:00:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “When you look at the direct visitor spend, transportation cost, and the other consumption patterns in terms of fuel, transfers of the visitor all around, other consumption patterns in relation to attractions and restaurants, the impact is far greater than meets the eyes,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 15, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Trelawny is well poised to be the next critical growth centre. Harmony Cove is now set to take off. Finally, I think it is being put together and it will be taking off. Braco is also being looked at in terms of future development and expansion,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 15, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The late Harry Maragh was a titan in the Jamaican and Caribbean shipping and tourism industries, yet it is well known that Harry always found time to encourage and facilitate the participation of young professionals. Many, many persons benefited from his guidance, tutelage and mentorship,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 14, 2021 1:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I applaud and encourage the noble work of the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation and its partners to alleviate poverty and transform the lives of Caribbean youth through maritime education and community development. Your provision of academic scholarships and grants, and other educational opportunities is corporate social responsibility at its best. It shows that economic and social profit are not mutually exclusive. They can grow side by side,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 14, 2021 1:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I take great pride in the fact that he was a home-grown talent who started from humble beginnings and would go on to do great things for Jamaica. Just imagine, he started as a clerk with Lannaman and Morris and later bought the company, which today represents over 75 per cent of all cruise lines that call on Jamaica. That is the true meaning of 'pulling yourself up by your bootstraps,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 14, 2021 1:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am very pleased to be attending and delivering remarks at the Anchor Awards. It is especially heartening to share my gratitude to the family of our very own Harry Maragh, who was a pillar in Jamaica's tourism and shipping industries. His contribution was truly invaluable and he was indeed a remarkable human being,” “I am also looking forward to congratulating Ms Alyse Lisk, who is also being honoured this evening for her contribution to the maritime industry, as well as the Foundation for all the important work they do to assist Caribbean students,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 13, 2021 3:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Melody’s passion for the craft industry and, by extension, tourism is truly unmatched and our industry will not be the same without her,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 10, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : "Kingston is a beautiful destination, and I am extremely pleased it is getting the recognition it deserves by such an acclaimed publication. Kingston is a UNESCO-designated Creative City, which was selected because it has much to offer, primarily in areas of art, culture, gastronomy, and eco-tourism," "I am pleased to share that Kingston will also see nearly 500 new hotel rooms opening before 2023. Therefore, options for accommodation for our potential visitors will expand significantly in the months to come," External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 8, 2021 11:41:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The decision of those in the cruise ship industry is to ensure that vessels are accommodated at ports that are in full compliance with COVID-19 regulations,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 8, 2021 9:12:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I cannot encourage the cruisers to go and to patronise unvaccinated stakeholders. We all have to make up our minds if we want to be in the fray of the regular world or we want to remain isolated and have weak economic returns, or none at all. Port Antonio is an integral part of the country’s tourism product and they will be getting their fair share of the pie,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 8, 2021 9:12:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “These objectives can be achieved, of course, with higher vaccination levels and greater compliance with the protocols,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 8, 2021 9:12:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are mindful also that we all have to manage this process together and balance lives with livelihoods,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 8, 2021 9:12:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Jamaica has been very proactive and aggressive in our promotional activities to our key markets during these uncertain times. It was very important for us to ensure that Jamaica remains top of mind to our stakeholders, while also letting them know that our destination is extremely safe. We have worked diligently to increase vaccination within the sector, and to enforce robust health and safety protocols within our Tourism Resilience Corridor,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 7, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about James Bond ) : “We were very excited to learn about the extent to which the James Bond film has impacted the interest in our destination from the UK market. The Bond film is indeed a fantastic addition to our marketing efforts, and we look forward to welcome Bond-fanatics to our shores,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 7, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Our engagements in the Middle East were very eventful for us in trying to carve out the new markets in that region, which will also give us the connectivity to Africa, Asia, and Asia Minor. We have had discussions in Dubai and in Riyadh. The discussions with Saudi Airlines are well advanced and we've had an understanding that there is an ambition for engagement by summer of 2022,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 7, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “We have no difficulty in having digital nomads coming into our space. What we wouldn’t be doing would be driving that as a demographic of choice in the context of the thrust to have full recovery of our industry at this time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 7, 2021 9:38:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett outlined : “The new markets after COVID-19 are going to be the oil-rich countries of the Middle East, primarily the Emirates and Saudi Arabia,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 5, 2021 11:00:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The Government of Jamaica, as a Small Island Developing State and vulnerable economy, remains committed to resilience building for sustainable development, including through sustainable tourism. In this regard, Jamaica welcomes the opportunity to partner with the Sustainable Tourism Global Center to contribute to and benefit from this collaborative effort to secure a better planet for future generations” External link

tradearabia Thursday, November 4, 2021 12:00:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This is a very positive development. I want to commend our health authorities and the people of Jamaica for working to bring down the rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations, which augurs well for our risk assessment rankings. Beyond that, the Resilient Corridor remains a very safe space for visitors and workers alike with comparatively high vaccination rates and extremely low infection rates” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:59:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “We have had very good engagements with our key partners in the UK and have reassured them of Jamaica's readiness for them and our safety as a destination with a less than one per cent COVID infection rate on the Resilient Corridor. Additionally, I am happy to see airline seat capacity between the UK and Jamaica at around 100 per cent of what it was pre-COVID when we were on a very strong growth path. We are very serious about action and strong results, and I am pleased with what we are achieving so far,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 2, 2021 8:55:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Asia Minor ) : “The last two weeks have been very eventful for us in trying to carve out the new markets in the Middle East that will give us the connectivity to Africa, Asia, and Asia Minor. We have had discussions in Dubai and in Riyadh. The discussions with Saudia Airlines are well advanced and we've had an understanding that there is an ambition for engagement by summer of 2022,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Al Khateeb ) : “The agreement that we have coming out of that is that Minister Al Khateeb will bring to the table those major partners, while I will be responsible for coordinating with the countries that are cooperating with us in the multi-destination tourism framework to enable a hub and spoke arrangement so that traffic can move from the Middle East and come into our area and have distribution from one country to the next,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “The details of that arrangement are being worked out with Saudia and another carrier that will make the possibility for connectivity easier and more seamless in the short run. So we are very excited about seeing the Middle Eastern gateway opening to Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are very confident that we will see results from this in short order as both airlines that we have spoken to have shown a strong appetite for the Caribbean and, more so, Latin America,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We have had very good engagements with our key partners in the UK and have reassured them of Jamaica's readiness for them and our safety as a destination, with less than one percent covid infection rates on the Resilient Corridor,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 2, 2021 2:04:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Our tourism industry is quickly recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Arrival figures are climbing, airlift for the winter season is looking good, and the winter cruise schedule will be very busy, with an uptick in November,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 31, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “Cruise is an integral part of our tourism product and an important driver in terms of visitor arrivals and expenditure. Thousands of Jamaicans depend on the cruise shipping industry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 31, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Royal Caribbean International, the second largest cruise line in the world, will resume limited operations to Jamaica in November of this year. Also, cruise executives reiterated a strong desire to employ thousands of Jamaicans across a wide range of jobs and are awaiting government regulatory amendments to make it a reality,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 31, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Our tourism industry is quickly recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Arrivals figures are climbing, airlift for the winter season is looking good, and the winter cruise schedule will be very busy, with an uptick in November which will see multiple ships docking in Ocho Rios, Falmouth and Port Antonio,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 30, 2021 5:43:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “I am very happy to announce that our meetings with one of the world's largest port and marine logistics companies, DP World, have been very successful. During three consecutive days of meetings, we have had serious discussions about investments in the Port Royal Cruise Port and the possibility of homeporting. We also discussed the development of a logistics hub, a Vernamfield multimodal transport and aerotropolis, as well as other infrastructural investments,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 29, 2021 1:31:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “We expect to have five calls from January through April 2022 in Port Royal,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 29, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We agreed to explore the feasibility of arranging this flight, details of which are to be worked out as soon as possible. There was also a productive discussion around tourism and airline recovery prospects and the positive V-shape pattern being experienced by Jamaica and Dubai,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 26, 2021 1:17:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett disclosed : “I am very happy to announce that our meetings with one of the world's largest port and marine logistics companies, DP World, have been very successful. During three consecutive days of meetings, we have had serious discussions about investments in the Port Royal Cruise Port and the possibility of homeporting. We also discussed the development of a logistics hub, a Vernamfield multi-modal transport and aerotropolis, as well as other infrastructural investments,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 23, 2021 1:25:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Today TUI, one of our largest tour operators and partners in the distribution segment of the tourism industry, confirmed homeporting activities for cruise in Montego Bay. More importantly, a number of planned visits and calls on the Port Royal Cruise Port, starting in January. We expect to have five calls from January through April 2022 in Port Royal,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 22, 2021 10:12:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Our worker vaccination drive has been very effective in Jamaica, with many of our workers opting to become fully vaccinated. It is our hope that soon we will be celebrating 30-40 per cent of Jamaica’s tourism workers being vaccinated as well as a significant increase in the vaccination of the rest of our population by January,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 22, 2021 10:12:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I have had other important discussions in regards to Port Royal, which may see much more activity coming through for the remainder of the year. I have just concluded some discussions with DP World, which could result in significant improvements in the European traffic into the Caribbean, mostly in Jamaica, with Port Royal being a critical area of consideration,” “I am pleased with our discussions so far here in Dubai and I am expecting that Jamaica will see some significant investments from these engagements here,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 22, 2021 10:12:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett argued : “This is positive news as Canada has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19-related travel restrictions, which for several months literally shut down international travel,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 15, 2021 9:02:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Our tourism industry continues to show its resilience as it rebounds from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The diligence, hard work, and unity shown by our tourism stakeholders over the last 18 months is paying off, as we rebuild a safe, seamless, and secure destination, and brand Jamaica reclaims its competitive position in the global market,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 14, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Cruise is an integral part of our tourism product and an important driver in terms of visitor arrivals and expenditure. Thousands of Jamaicans depend on the cruise shipping industry. With Carnival's schedule of some 16 calls over the next three months, the return of MSC Meraviglia , as well as Royal Caribbean, Disney and other cruise lines preparing to resume sailing the Caribbean Sea, we should have cruise fully back on track by December, with pretty much the full fleet,” “We are projecting just under 300,000 cruise passengers to Jamaica by end of year, by which time the Montego Bay and Falmouth ports should also be reactivated with hopes of having calls also at Port Royal and Port Antonio,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 14, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “While I do not have much authority on this, I can say strong actions are necessary to improve vaccination uptake. Ten per cent won't cut it,” “I am ashamed that only 10 per cent of the population is vaccinated and we had to dump so many doses” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 9, 2021 3:08:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Brand Jamaica ) : “TUI flights and tour services will also resume, which is a much-welcomed announcement for our stakeholders, who depend heavily on this major global group, which is the largest carrier of UK tourists to Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 9, 2021 3:08:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “TUI flights and tour services will also resume, which is a much-welcomed announcement for our stakeholders who depend heavily on this major global group, which is the largest carrier of UK tourists to Jamaica,” “I want to reassure our visitors from the UK, that Jamaica is a very safe destination. Our Tourism Resilient Corridors have been very effective and have seen a very low infection rate. Our top priority was and still is instilling traveller confidence. We want our travellers to feel safe and confident in visiting us and to also have a memorable experience,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 9, 2021 12:24:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “TUI flights and tour services will also resume, which is a much-welcomed announcement for our stakeholders who depend heavily on this major global group, which is the largest carrier of UK tourists to Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 8, 2021 11:06:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “After a year and a half hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Royal Caribbean will resume sailings to Jamaica. We have a few pressing issues to address right away in order to increase cruises to Jamaica and, as a result, the economic and social livelihoods of thousands of Jamaicans who rely on the cruise industry directly and indirectly. Beyond that, the Government will move speedily in facilitating the cruise line’s efforts to employ thousands of Jamaicans, for what are truly exciting job opportunities that will have a positive impact for many. Our people are in demand and the cruise lines are fully cognizant of this,” External link

sunstkitts Tuesday, October 5, 2021 2:31:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told ( about Adam Stewart ) : “It’s a very positive development. There’s no better name to be associated with the continued training and development of the human capital in tourism in the Caribbean than Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 5, 2021 9:05:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “Now with more than 80 per cent of eligible Canadians over the age of 12 fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and a relative easing of international travel restrictions, we are cautiously optimistic. They are also excited about Jamaica's resilient corridors where most tourists' vacation is safe, with relatively high vaccination rates and near zero infection rates,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 4, 2021 1:19:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Beyond that the Government will move speedily in facilitating the cruise line's efforts to employ thousands of Jamaicans, for what are truly exciting job opportunities. Our people are in demand and the cruise lines are fully cognisant of this,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 1, 2021 11:31:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett expressed : “Carnival is a critical partner for Jamaica's tourism and wider economic recovery. We are seeing a welcome return of vessels with the recognition that Jamaica's Resilient Corridors offer a safe environment for our visitors, tourism workers and the general population,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 30, 2021 1:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “With the return of stop-over visitor arrivals since June 2020, we have been seeing steady growth towards pre-COVID-19 levels and now that cruise is back, we are looking forward to significant growth in our numbers. All requirements have been put in place to meet both United States and Jamaica's COVID-19 protocols in addition to passengers being limited to moving within the Resilient Corridors,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 30, 2021 1:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The first element of this arrangement is to have a sense of what the demand is by hearing from the hotels, then to hear from the agricultural producers what it is that they can supply,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 22, 2021 12:25:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “The picture emerging from this consultation is that the tourism industry is saying 'We are ready to start buying local in a fulsome way; what we want is for the local capacity to be developed to ensure the consistency of supply, the quantity and quality, and that the price is good,' ” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 22, 2021 12:25:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “More recently, we named a special task force to spearhead efforts to boost Jamaica's COVID-19 testing capacity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 22, 2021 11:22:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “in the vein of reimagining tourism in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and to drive the new production and consumption patterns that we require to enable more local Jamaicans to be connected to the tourism value chain,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 11:24:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett disclosed : “The first element of this arrangement is to have a sense of what the demand is by hearing from the hotels then to hear from the agricultural producers what it is that they can supply,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 11:24:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The picture emerging from this consultation is that the tourism industry is saying we are ready to start buying local in a fulsome way; what we want is for the local capacity to be developed to ensure the consistency of supply, the quantity and quality and that the price is good,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 11:24:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “As chair I have been having consultations with the other ministers in the region, and we are hoping that we will have a virtual meeting as per the COVID protocols and we will have the votes virtually as well, if indeed there is going to be a need for voting,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 4:27:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “The second feature of the activities for us will be the first-ever visit of a Saudi minister of tourism to the Caribbean. And, the minister, His Excellency Ahmed Al Khateeb who is the premier minister of tourism in that region and is also the minister who is supervising perhaps the largest world tourism project, the establishment of what is called the Red Sea project. The Red Sea project is to build out a number of islands in the Red Sea and to create a whole new experience to the tune of some US$40 billion. When completed it is expected to rival the Dubai Palms and all that development that took place in Dubai,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 4:27:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We believe that tourism is driven by ideas and these ideas have the power to drive the creation of experiences. The ability to convert ideas into material goods and services is the key to differentiating your destination…. And so, the Ministry of Tourism intends to establish a tourism incubator to nurture new and start-up enterprises,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 17, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We will also be seeking partnerships for the provision of grants and loans to support the development and commercialisation of ideas generated from the incubator,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 17, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I want to make it clear that the idea does not have to be an invention. It is not necessarily bringing new things from scratch but is about adding value to what you have. Be creative and ensure that you can do more with what you have,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 17, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Exim Bank ) : “If the investors are not interested, we will then direct the entrepreneurs to the EXIM Bank where we have invested $1 billion to enable loans for small and medium tourism enterprises. They will also have the option to seek assistance from the Jamaica National Bank, where we have $200 million for a similar purpose,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 17, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This [is] to enable us to justify [the] reclassification of current positions, creation of additional positions where necessary to attract and retain the hard-working, capable and qualified individuals that we have and to explore solutions, such as contracted consultancies to boost capacity in some areas,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 17, 2021 7:06:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The Prime Minister has also asked me to immediately and expeditiously undertake a comprehensive review of the system of seasonal committees and make recommendations as to the resources needed to improve their effective functioning,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 17, 2021 7:06:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Urban Development Corporation ) : “The upgrading is to be undertaken by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and an allocation of $150 million has been budgeted for the current fiscal year to commence preliminary work for the project, which will facilitate a major transformation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 17, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett disclosed : “It is envisaged that in this we will have an entertainment development area; we will ensure that the access to craft development and artisan activities will be there within that space along with the fisher folk and a proper fisherman's village similar to that done in Ocho Rios,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 17, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “fully digital free-to-air television service will significantly improve the number of channels, thus allowing Jamaicans wider access to information” “That is critical. We have begun the process to transition and expect that by 2023 the process will be completed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “To further boost the capacity of the farmers and fishers of this critical sector, we have also allocated a sum of $1.02 billion under the Production Incentive Programme for the 2021/22 financial year,” “This will be used to facilitate crop and livestock support, climate change adaptation and mitigation, infrastructure support, grant assistance/agricultural promotions, buy-back programme and equipment,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “To further boost the capacity of the farmers and fishers of this critical sector, we have also allocated a sum of $1.02 billion under the Production Incentive Programme for the 2021/22 financial year,” “This will be used to facilitate crop and livestock support, climate change adaptation and mitigation, infrastructure support, grant assistance/agricultural promotions, buy-back programme and equipment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 16, 2021 11:39:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett suggested : “No problem at all. If it is regularised we don't have a difficulty at all in this matter, and I think that your ruling is eminent and I would suggest that my colleague follow the procedure, and the member appropriately ask to be allowed to speak from a seat other than his own,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 16, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “If we aren't able to supply on that demand, we're going to have to import, which means that the dollars that we get into Jamaica from tourism will be leaked out back to the sources from which they came, because we can't supply the goods that are required,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 10, 2021 7:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “I am very pleased that in the last five months the industry in coming back has expended a large number of US dollars on various sectors of the economy. And one of the sectors that has benefited from it is the entertainment sector, where nearly $500 million has actually been expended to provide entertainment services into hotels to guests who come in,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 7, 2021 2:27:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “So, Jamaican musicians, Jamaican artistes, Jamaican singers, Jamaican bands, and so on have all become part of this, and we made a big thing of it because it is important. And, I sought to get a breakdown of all the hotels and all they actually spend on local entertainment during this period. And, I think that as we expand in terms of arrivals and the hotel occupancy grows, then our involvement with the entertainment industry is going to expand,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 7, 2021 2:27:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett declared : “We are having significant recovery, and my take on the matter is that we are going to end the year very strong. This month of June, we are already shaping up to be better than May, which was quite strong. We have done more than 30,000 visitors already in June and we are only six days. So, you are averaging in the region of 4,000 and 5,000 visitors a day,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 7, 2021 2:27:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “So, I think this summer is really going to be strong. I can see us averaging somewhere in the region of 130,000 to 150,000 per month. So, for the three months of summer – June, July, August – I expect to see between 450,000 and 500,000 visitors,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 7, 2021 2:27:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett argued : “The growth of the industry means expansion of demand and if those demands are not being met by our local production, then naturally importation has to come in,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 7, 2021 2:27:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “what the exemption does is to enable you to function as a member of the House whilst performing those other functions” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 7, 2021 10:48:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “We want to drive home the point that tourism is not about hotels. It’s about everybody in Jamaica because everybody has an opportunity to be inserted into the value chain at one level or another,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 7, 2021 10:48:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am excited about the prospect of where we are going with the industry in this round. Already for the year, we have welcomed just a little over 400,000 visitors and we have earned some US$500 million of foreign exchange for Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 4, 2021 12:18:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are looking at how to bring more players into the mix, but more importantly, how to drive greater inclusion in the supply side of the tourism innovation,” “So often we build hotels, we build rooms, we bring lots of visitors here, but the local ingredient is critical to ensure that the value of tourism stays in our country and the impact of it flows through the economy in a strong way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 4, 2021 12:18:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “But they will looking at coming back here after the summer,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 2, 2021 8:30:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Their protocols are much stronger than the CDC,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 2, 2021 8:30:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are concerned that a greater humanitarian challenge will emerge if this process of vaccine inequity continues. Too many countries will find their economies in tatters and the livelihood of their people in peril. Jamaica is at risk because we have a low vaccination level of less than 10 per cent and that is of concern. If categorisation is to be made in relation to levels of vaccination, countries like Jamaica will be left behind due to our limited access to vaccines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:36:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added ( about Bob Marley ) : “Tourism recovery cannot mean recovery for certain countries in Europe and North America and not for the Philippines, the Maldives, the Caribbean, countries in the Indian ocean and Africa for example… We are concerned because like Bob Marley said, 'there can be absolutely no equity and justice unless we all are together in this struggle.' His words resonate because he made the point very well that what will happen to recovery will be a fleeting illusion to be pursued but never attained,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:36:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “Jamaica mourns the passing of a real tourism icon. Ernie Smatt was the quintessential tourism man. He understood the game and had the swagger that created the phenomenon he was during a period when Jamaica was the playground of the rich and famous,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 29, 2021 9:07:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “Jamaica has lost one of its fine tourism sons” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 29, 2021 9:07:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am deeply saddened by the fact that such a breach has occurred, however the various arms of Government have acted immediately and firmly,” “As minister, I am deeply saddened by any activity whatsoever which breaches any element of the DRMA. These breaches undermine the protocols that we worked so hard to create and the resilient corridors which have gained international recognition because of the high compliance level which we have had and the impeccable record of very low instances of infection,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 29, 2021 4:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The Tourism Product Development Company Ltd. (TPDCo), which is a public body of the Ministry of Tourism, has acted immediately to ensure that appropriate steps were taken to punish the entity that was in breach of the protocols,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am deeply saddened by the fact that such a breach has occurred, however, the various arms of Government have acted immediately and firmly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are concerned that a greater humanitarian challenge will emerge if this process of vaccine inequity continues. Too many countries will find their economies in tatters and the livelihood of their people in peril. Jamaica is at risk because we have a low vaccination level of less than 10 per cent and that is of concern. If categorisation is to be made in relation to levels of vaccination, countries like Jamaica will be left behind due to our limited access to vaccines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 28, 2021 11:25:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added ( about Bob Marley ) : “Tourism recovery cannot mean recovery for certain countries in Europe and North America and not for the Philippines, the Maldives, the Caribbean, countries in the Indian ocean and Africa for example… We are concerned because like Bob Marley said, 'there can be absolutely no equity and justice unless we all are together in this struggle.' His words resonate because he made the point very well that what will happen to recovery will be a fleeting illusion to be pursued but never attained,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 28, 2021 11:25:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Ernie brought entrepreneurship to another level. He invested in Jamaica and other Caribbean islands. He brought a level of distinction that was noticeable because of how he conducted himself and how he comported himself. He was suave and classy. He had a knack for getting to the hearts of the beautiful people who visited Jamaica,” “He had a way with the stars and almost every known celebrity of the 50s and 60s who came to Jamaica had an acquaintance with Ernie Smatt. I think that as a Portland entrepreneur, in particular, he will be well remembered,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 28, 2021 3:02:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Jamaica has lost one of its fine tourism sons. On behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, I offer sincere condolences to his family and other loved ones, as well as to his staff, who I am sure will all miss him dearly. We wish that the legacy he left behind will be an inspiration that will help them go through this period in a manner that will give them solace. May his soul rest in peace and light perpetual shine upon him,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 28, 2021 3:02:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The big news is the completion of the dis cussion with regards to 1,000 more rooms from the Luque family, who are owners of the properties where the Secrets brand and its affiliated brands are located,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 25, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The discussion we also had with the Melia group is interesting and we look forward to completing those discussions as the weeks progress,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 25, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We concluded perhaps the most important international engagement since COVID in Spain, where the first international trade show since COVID was held. It brought just a little over 50,000 people, including countries, ministers, companies, hotels, service providers for the industry... just a confluence of all the moving parts that make up tourism was there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 25, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I was very happy to learn that the Government of Germany has removed Jamaica from its list of countries with a particularly high risk of infection due to widespread occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 23, 2021 10:20:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I was very happy to learn that the Government of Germany has removed Jamaica from its list of countries with a particularly high risk of infection due to widespread occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 23, 2021 12:22:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am very proud of the strong Jamaican representation on TripAdvisor's Top Caribbean Hotels list. These properties were ranked among the highest-rated locations in the entire region. This is a major achievement for these properties and by extension destination Jamaica. We are certain this will have a positive impact on our tourism industry, which is steadily rebounding,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 18, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “If employment is to be restored and tourism return, in a significant way, many more vaccines need to be made available, very soon,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9:04:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Persons within the industry have platforms, connections, expertise and global influence and are therefore able to articulate clearly and loudly to policymakers about the consequences of how things are going and also how they can function in a more morally-appropriate manner,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:25:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We will be resetting Jamaica’s tourism and we will identify and establish innovative policies, systems, protocols, and standards that assure our visitors a safer, secure, and seamless experience. This is while building out a new national tourism model based on a diversified portfolio of unique and authentic attractions and activities that draw heavily on Jamaica’s natural and cultural assets,” External link

jis Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:06:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added ( about Strategy ) : “By applying the Blue Ocean Strategy to reset tourism, the sector will, within the first two years, return to its pre-COVID-19 performance with arrivals and economic returns,” External link

jis Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:06:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Exim Bank ) : “We are already in discussion and, in fact, have provided one billion dollars to EXIM Bank to enable small and medium enterprises to come on. But, we want to create a special window for new ideas and to enable grants and loans to be provided for the stimulation of innovation through ideas, where the young people have no collateral,” External link

jis Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:18:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “It is out of this that we are going to have the key management area for this tourism incubator to be established,” External link

jis Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:18:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated ( about The UK ) : “The Caribbean shouldn’t be classified among those high-risk countries, and therefore find itself in amber or red, which is likely to happen, because many of us are in red already,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 3, 2021 10:41:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are looking at frameworks for responsiveness to pandemics, climate change mitigation methodologies, preparedness and scenario planning, and rapid response mechanisms for incidents,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 2, 2021 1:17:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about British ) : “The opening of the borders is important in the context of not just Jamaica's tourism but Caribbean tourism, as so many of these countries benefit from transiting through Jamaica for British and European nationals,” “It is important also against the background of the recent call by the Caribbean Tourism Organization urging a review of the categorisation of Caribbean countries by the UK; given the fact that we have the lowest death rates and highest recovery rates and exemplary COVID-19 management,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 30, 2021 3:46:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We lack the resources to access vaccines. I fear that vaccine politics is going to militate against smaller, poorer countries that cannot afford to have it,” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:18:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The distribution of vaccines being as they are, the UK should have a duty to enable us to have access,” “If the Commonwealth is to mean something, then leaders of the Commonwealth - and we are Her Majesty’s loyal subjects and [the Commonwealth] is supposed to have value - should talk about how we make sure Her Majesty’s subjects all have an equal chance to survive in a pandemic” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:18:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained ( about Commission ) : “This is being done with the hope that the draft document will be ready for discussion and acceptance at the United Nations World Tourism Organization's Commission of the Americas (CAM) meeting, which will be held in Kingston on June 19, 2021,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 1:25:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett promised : “This agreement will enable joint marketing arrangements between these countries, while also providing tourists with the option to enjoy multi-destination experiences during their vacations at attractive package prices. It will be a game changer in tourism diplomacy and economic convergences in the Caribbean region,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 1:25:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We have not, over time, documented how we have managed and worked through crises. So, we have left nothing behind, no guide post for the next generation to see and know how we have dealt with these issues. And so the Resilience Centre is going to play a big role in this research and in the compilation of this document that will be in the form of that book,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:56:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Saudi ) : “We also discussed how Jamaica can benefit from investment in a number of areas including tourism infrastructure. I told him about the new destination we are developing in St. Thomas and the possibility for Saudi investment in that area,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 27, 2021 6:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Saudi ) : “We also spoke about the collaboration that Jamaica and Saudi Arabia will have in tourism development. These include the establishment of a Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre in Riyadh and collaboration with regards to sustainability and resilience projects,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 27, 2021 6:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The Prime Minister had given instructions as it relates to creating St Thomas as a new destination. The study has been done and the documents are before us,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 24, 2021 4:56:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett reported : “We are pivoting in this crisis to take advantage of a new collaborative approach that will bring greater value for passengers, cruise lines and Destination Jamaica” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 23, 2021 2:22:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Home-porting will provide much greater opportunities to strengthen linkages with other key sectors, such as agriculture and manufacturing. Cruise ports will see increased spend, which will benefit small businesses and entrepreneurs in the industry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 23, 2021 2:22:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “The speaker is still speaking and she has not given you even the right to speak. You are still speaking and she has not given the right to speak, therefore, you are contravening the standing orders…” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:13:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We will be placing special focus on reducing instances of visitor harassment and poor solid waste management practices,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:34:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This underscores how important homeporting is, as it will bring more value and serve as an economic driver that will benefit thousands of Jamaicans, including small entrepreneurs,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The numbers tell the story. Tourism is a key driver of economies across the world, including that of Jamaica, through job creation, export revenues, infrastructure development and new business,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “They are ready to take up entry-level jobs in tourism. We believe that these young people, from all across the country, will help to boost the sector's competitiveness in the post-COVID-19 era,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Pacing from the US and the UK have picked up significantly, against the expectation of increased vaccination in those countries,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:23:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “The region is exceptionally beautiful and the experience is second to none,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “There is no indication when the eruptions will stop. The 1902 eruption lasted eight months and 1979 was not as bad. They say this eruption is worse than the 1902 eruption,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Ralph Gonsalves ) : “We outlined the Caribbean’s vulnerability to natural disasters, and PM Gonsalves fully outlined the nature of the problem they were facing as a result of the eruption. All indicated a commitment to offer support and to develop a mechanism to offer that support. In the end, we agreed that Jamaica would coordinate the global effort to help St Vincent and the Grenadines,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “There is a clear and present danger for the entire Caribbean, not just the islands that are in that archipelago of Grenada, the Grenadines, St Lucia and Barbados. Anything and everything that happens in the space affects the entire region,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The bringing together of global tourism leaders was critical in providing a platform to generate support for St Vincent and the Grenadines, which is in dire need of help following the recent volcanic eruption,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Together we must strategise the way forward for the quick recovery of SVG, and all other Caribbean countries being impacted. This is imperative, given the fact that this environmental crisis is likely to make matters worse for the small, undiversified, affected economies that have been facing over a year of steep and historic decline in tourism revenues,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “From a tourism standpoint, the latest development will obviously set back the recovery of the tourism and travel sector in St Vincent and the Grenadines and other affected countries, including the heavily tourism-dependent Barbados, indefinitely,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “There is a $67-billion demand that exists for just fruits and vegetables in tourism and when you look at what is required for poultry meat, and for eggs and other condiments, we are looking at around $360 billion of demand overall, for agricultural goods in general as well as certain levels of manufactured goods,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:30:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We look forward to welcoming them back to our shores, and I am confident that this important partnership will aid in our effort to rebuild our tourism sector and boost our economy overall,” “While we know there are some concerns about the safety of the cruise industry at this time, we want to assure the public that the cruise lines are adhering to strict COVID-19 safety protocols. We have also been working tirelessly to develop the necessary policy and strategic frameworks, which will ensure that this will be a safe, seamless and secure experience, which will be mutually beneficial,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:30:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Because the global community is geographically challenged and the Caribbean at times is regarded as one little district, if something happens in St Vincent, it is the Caribbean, and it is Jamaica and everywhere. Those communication nuances are very important, and this is where the resilience centre can play a critical role,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 12, 2021 10:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “And another area that the resilience centre will be looking at is how it can support the call for the placement of people during the interim,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 12, 2021 10:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett argued : “To be able to say to the market that Jamaican workers are all vaccinated is going to be a major marketing position for us because indeed after this weekend, Jamaica might very well be the most vaccinated tourism worker group in the entire Caribbean and that is a major statement to be made,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 12, 2021 10:24:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about The UK ) : “To vaccinate means to enhance your security and the world is also making positions in the relation to categorising countries on the basis of vaccination. The UK (United Kingdom) is talking about a red light, a green light and an amber light to determine the levels of acceptance for destinations that their people can go to,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 12, 2021 10:24:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “To say to the world that Jamaican tourism workers are all vaccinated will be a major marketing position, particularly, at a time when world tourism is moving towards harmonisation of the standardisation of policies and practises and one of the areas of common understanding is that to vaccinate means to enhance your security,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 11, 2021 5:35:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I was very happy to receive news that Frontier Airlines will operate new flights to Montego Bay to meet the growing demand to visit our island paradise. This also aids our mission to rebuild Jamaica’s tourism sector, which like many other destinations, suffered greatly because of the pandemic. There is a lot more in store and I will speak to that soon,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 10, 2021 3:01:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Brand Jamaica ) : “According to preliminary data from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Jamaica recorded some 14,983 visitors to the island from April 1 to 5, 2021. Over 13,000 of these visitors entered the island via the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 7, 2021 9:02:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Brand Jamaica ) : “I am very heartened by the data we have received, as it shows that Jamaica is still top-of-mind to our visitors and that we are making steady progress towards a full recovery of our sector. I commend the team at the Jamaica Tourist Board for their aggressive and innovative marketing campaigns, which have clearly been impactful. Special commendation must also be given to our tourism partners and stakeholders for the hard work they also do in marketing Brand Jamaica to the world,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 7, 2021 9:02:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are happy to share that the reports received by the Ministry indicate that there was strong compliance with the protocols, as players in the sector enforced strict COVID-19 measures over the holiday weekend, despite the high occupancy in most properties. I must therefore laud our stakeholders for ensuring that their guests had a safe yet memorable experience,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 7, 2021 9:02:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am very pleased to announce that Jamaica will be a homeport for Norwegian Cruise Line, which will see the return of cruise tourism to Jamaican waters in August. We look forward to welcoming them back to our shores, and I am confident that this important partnership will aid in our effort to rebuild our tourism sector and boost our economy overall,” “While we know there are some concerns about the safety of the cruise industry at this time. We want to assure the public that the cruise lines are adhering to strict COVID-19 safety protocols. We have also been working tirelessly to develop the necessary policy and strategic frameworks, which will ensure that this will be a safe, seamless and secure experience, which will be mutually beneficial,” External link

jis Tuesday, April 6, 2021 10:43:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “Ultimately, the vessel, which has an occupancy of approximately 3,800, will operate at 50% capacity, in keeping with current COVID-19 protocols in place for the cruise shipping industry. Passengers will also be required to be fully vaccinated and take a test prior to boarding the ship,” External link

jis Tuesday, April 6, 2021 10:43:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett disse ( about Norwegian Epic ) : “estou muito satisfeito que a Norwegian Cruise Line tenha selecionado a Jamaica como um dos seus primeiros destinos do mundo abrangidos pela retoma do seu serviço” External link

diarioeconomico Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:36:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am very pleased to announce that Jamaica will be a homeport for Norwegian Cruise Line, which will see the return of cruise tourism to Jamaican waters in August. We look forward to welcoming them back to our shores, and I am confident that this important partnership will aid in our effort to rebuild our tourism sector and boost our economy overall,” “While we know there are some concerns about the safety of the cruise industry at this time. We want to assure the public that the cruise lines are adhering to strict COVID-19 safety protocols. We have also been working tirelessly to develop the necessary policy and strategic frameworks, which will ensure that this will be a safe, seamless and secure experience, which will be mutually beneficial,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:33:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “Ultimately, the vessel, which has an occupancy of approximately 3,800, will operate at 50 per cent capacity, in keeping with current COVID-19 protocols in place for the cruise shipping industry. Passengers will also be required to be fully vaccinated and take a test prior to boarding the ship,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:33:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We look forward to welcoming them back to our shores, and I am confident that this important partnership will aid in our effort to rebuild our tourism sector and boost our economy overall,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:30:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “Ultimately, the vessel, which has an occupancy of approximately 3,800, will operate at 50% capacity, in keeping with current COVID-19 protocols in place for the cruise shipping industry. Passengers will also be required to be fully vaccinated and take a test prior to boarding the ship,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:30:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett argued : "So, what it means is that the US is going to lead the world in terms of the vaccinated population in short order and that sounds good for us as a Jamaica where our biggest market is the US. But we have to also respond in terms of our vaccination," External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : "We urge that those considerations be kept off the table for now until better vaccination levels are obtained... that is to say we are closer to the normalcy of the 75 to 80 per cent that the CDC itself has indicated to be the standard for global normalcy. This is going to call for some strong level of diplomacy because although we are not making a point that this is going to happen, we are going to urge that it doesn't happen. After all, if it happens, it could put a lot of very dependent tourism destinations at risk," External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We're seeing that vaccines are arriving. We're expecting two more shipments within the next two months and we're expecting to see more and more of our people vaccinated, particularly those who are involved in front line activities, and tourism is one of the front line activities,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 7:34:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “More and more countries are moving to create the level of vaccination cover. The tragedy, of course, of all of that, is the difficulty of getting vaccinations. Already more than 80 per cent of all vaccines available globally is cornered by 10 countries. The last report I had [stated that] of 134 countries that are highly tourism-dependent less than 80 had even one dose of vaccine so far. So that's an issue,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 7:34:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Effective management of COVID-19 and recovery of the global economy requires a concerted and collaborative effort from all member states. We need to move together on this or else we risk a deterioration of the situation in developing countries, the effects of which will inevitably spread to neighbours in the region and beyond” “This is the first step in ensuring that inequity in the distribution of vaccines does not hinder the restart of tourism and related services. Any requirement for proof of vaccination for travel which does not take into account this reality could very well be considered discriminatory,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 7:34:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett argued : “Here in Jamaica we're seeing green shoots — there are better bookings and the placings are looking better for summer. By winter we expect that we should have turned the corner a little better,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 7:34:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Effective management of COVID-19 and recovery of the global economy requires a concerted and collaborative effort from all member states. We need to move together on this or else we risk a deterioration of the situation in developing countries, the effects of which will inevitably spread to neighbours in the region and beyond” “This is the first step in ensuring that inequity in the distribution of vaccines does not hinder the restart of tourism and related services. Any requirement for proof of vaccination for travel, which does not take into account this reality, could very well be considered discriminatory,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 31, 2021 9:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “We don’t expect that this (business slowdown) is a feature that will define Kingston, so we don’t want to market the city away from the traditional values and what it has always meant. In managing COVID, we have had to make some decisions that are temporary,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 26, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We will have to adapt to the new modalities that the technology is offering. It would change recognising the value of some destinations because you can have a mix of virtual and face-to-face. You could have a point of origination, being, say, Kingston and then we would have to look at the facilities and infrastructure that are going to be required to drive those activities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 26, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I want to see these agricultural farms spring up in Negril, in Ocho Rios, in Port Antonio, and on the south coast,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 25, 2021 9:03:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “After a number of consultations with the relevant stakeholders, we can now announce that Jamaica will not be hosting Carnival in Jamaica in April this year. We strongly believe it is in the best interest of our people and will aid in the Government’s fight to preserve lives and livelihoods, as we continue to see an increase in cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” “We are mindful of the significant economic loss this will have on our country, as this event generates billions annually, with many small and medium sized enterprises benefitting from the celebrations. However, despite the ongoing roll-out of vaccines, the Government of Jamaica must continue to put strong measures in place to prevent unnecessary exposure of our people and visitors, to the deadly disease,” External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “After a number of consultations with the relevant stakeholders, we can now announce that Jamaica will not be hosting Carnival in Jamaica in April this year. We strongly believe it is in the best interest of our people and will aid in the Government's fight to preserve lives and livelihoods, as we continue to see an increase in cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” “We are mindful of the significant economic loss this will have on our country, as this event generates billions annually, with many small and medium sized enterprises benefitting from the celebrations. However, despite the ongoing roll-out of vaccines, the Government of Jamaica must continue to put strong measures in place to prevent unnecessary exposure of our people and visitors, to the deadly disease,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:41:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “In the week beginning March 7, 2021, an average of 2.47 million doses per day were administered. This daily dosage would have represented vaccination for 84 per cent of the Jamaican population,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 23, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “Pacing from the US (United States) and the UK (United Kingdom) have picked up significantly, against the expectation of increased vaccination in those countries,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 21, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We had to step up our testing infrastructure,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, March 12, 2021 7:19:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “We think that our proximity to the US; the knowledge of Jamaica as a really very strong destination with the quality products that we have will put us in a good position to benefit from this development in those two source markets,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 11:03:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The sector has been impacted by a number of stop-and-start activities in the source markets as a result of the varying abilities to manage the pandemic,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 11:03:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Visitor arrivals are projected as follows – stopover, 1.043 million, [representing] a 117 per cent increase, and cruise shipping at 570,000, which would be a 100 per cent increase over the previous period,” “Those statistics are reflective of what the position will be. They are very flattering and we recognise that the industry literally came to a halt (due to COVID-19),” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 4, 2021 8:10:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I would like to congratulate Jason and his hardworking team at Jakes on receiving these important accolades. Like many other hoteliers and tourism partners, I know that his team has faced significant challenges because of the pandemic. It is therefore heartening to see that since re-opening last June, the world's focus is on Treasure Beach and by extension Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 2, 2021 2:48:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Tourism-dependent economies have lost 12 per cent of their GDP [gross domestic product] compared to global economic contraction of 4.4 per cent. Tourism export revenues were down globally between US$910 billion to US$ 1.2 trillion in 2020. Between 100-120 million jobs in travel and tourism were sacrificed in 2020,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett expressed : “Our economies are badly bleeding and need to be thrown a lifeline. The current situation facing these economies, as well as others across the world's developing regions, can only be described as a humanitarian crisis,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “At the current rate of daily global vaccination, approximately 6.53 million doses, it will take roughly five years to cover 75 per cent of the population with a two-dose vaccine, according to Bloomberg research. This current lethargic pace has to be dramatically hastened, as global economic recovery efforts cannot wait five years, especially among the worst affected economies,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Tourism-dependent economies have lost 12 % of their GDP compared to global economic contraction of 4.4 %. Tourism export revenues were down globally between US$ 910 billion to US$ 1.2 trillion in 2020. Between 100-120 million jobs in travel and tourism were sacrificed in 2020,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 26, 2021 12:21:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett expressed : “Our economies are badly bleeding and need to be thrown a lifeline. The current situation facing these economies, as well as others across the world’s developing regions, can only be described as a humanitarian crisis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 26, 2021 12:21:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “access to vaccination among these countries needs to be improved rapidly. We cannot afford to politicise responses to the crisis at hand. I am thus using this opportunity to urge that we prioritise tourism-dependent economies for vaccination” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 26, 2021 12:21:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “At the current rate of daily global vaccination, approximately 6.53 million doses, it will take roughly 5 years to cover 75% of the population with a two-dose vaccine, according to Bloomberg research. This current lethargic pace has to be dramatically hastened, as global economic recovery efforts cannot wait five years, especially among the worst affected economies,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 26, 2021 12:21:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “As parliamentarians, it is our duty to demonstrate to our fellow Jamaicans that we should do everything possible to prevent the contraction and spread of the COVID-19 virus, and if we can do this for as important an occasion as the Ceremonial Opening of Parliament, there is no excuse for any Jamaican to ignore the Ministry of Health and Wellness' COVID-19 guidelines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 19, 2021 8:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “As parliamentarians, it is our duty to demonstrate to our fellow Jamaicans that we should do everything possible to prevent the contraction and spread of the COVID-19 virus, and if we can do this for as important an occasion as the ceremonial opening of Parliament, there is no excuse for any Jamaican to ignore the Ministry of Health and Wellness's COVID-19 guidelines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 18, 2021 10:48:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Robin Hayes ) : “I was very heartened by the discussion I had with Mr Hayes earlier today. His apology to our Prime Minister; the Government; members of the tourism team and the people of Jamaica, for the concern and frustration the incident has caused, was well received. We know that the actions of the employee are in no way a reflection of the standards of Jetblue,” “We look forward to strengthening our relationship with the airline moving forward, as JetBlue remains a valued tourism partner,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett expressed : “Jamaica remains a premier destination and we will continue to provide the world class service and tourism product, which have allowed Jamaica to become the destination of choice for millions of visitors from across the globe. We will also continue to work along with Jetblue and all our other committed tourism partners in building brand Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated ( about Brand Jamaica ) : “In the current ‘pivot or perish’ environment, businesses, conferences and entertainment events are turning to virtual delivery methods to preserve revenue streams, and with great success. This proactive approach is good for business and good for Jamaica, too. Each time we launch a major event, albeit virtually, it is a shot in the arm for economic recovery,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 14, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated ( about Brand Jamaica ) : “In the current 'pivot or perish' environment, businesses, conferences and entertainment events are turning to virtual delivery methods to preserve revenue streams, and with great success. This proactive approach is good for business and good for Jamaica too. Each time we launch a major event, albeit virtually, it is a shot in the arm for economic recovery,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 14, 2021 8:41:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Brand Jamaica ) : “This online festival experience is a great tool for promoting our rum brands and Brand Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 14, 2021 8:41:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “These 'backpack' type visitors make 'spur of the moment' plans and wish to be enlightened, educated and to immerse themselves in the culture of the destination,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 13, 2021 2:36:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Instead, he went and negotiated with tour operators to expand the market,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I think that this is a good moment for Jamaica to really reset tourism so that we become a more inclusive industry, and the flow-through effect on the economy that tourism has the capacity to provide, is then realised,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 9, 2021 4:02:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This is the opportunity for us to do that. I want to continue this debate and in fact I am going to have a paper done on this reset of the tourism industry and we begin to talk with our partners so that there's an understanding of what needs to be done in the next six months or so, as we try to reposition tourism as a true driver of the economy and as a means by which a far greater number of our Jamaican people will realise their true potential,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 9, 2021 4:02:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “It is difficult and it is causing us some unintended consequences because I know that Canada has no real intention of hurting Jamaica. What we are doing here is to hope and pray that Canada will get through this very quickly so that we can return to the normal course of our trade relations,” External link

sunstkitts Monday, February 8, 2021 3:03:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “All major hotels have testing facilities at the hotel. And for the smaller hotels, we’ve arranged transportation to our testing centers across the island,” External link

sunstkitts Monday, February 8, 2021 3:03:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We all know of the effects of the pandemic and how it has slowed up the likes of those connected with the Sugar Cane Bay project. But whilst they are slow, others are ploughing ahead with new projects and expansions, so it is just a matter of waiting to see what happens after the COVID period,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 7, 2021 10:07:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Students will be able to join their school sessions online and respond to the various demands that come with learning. I am almost certain that some of these sharp minds will one day contribute to the tourism sector, whether directly or indirectly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 5, 2021 8:31:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : "Yes, it is painful. Yes, it is difficult and it is causing us some unintended consequences, because I know that Canada has no real intention of hurting Jamaica," External link

CBC Friday, February 5, 2021 8:28:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : "What we are doing here is to hope and pray that Canada will get through this very quickly so that we can return to the normal course of our trade relations," External link

CBC Friday, February 5, 2021 8:28:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Students will be able to join their school sessions online, and respond to the various demands that come with learning. I am almost certain that some of these sharp minds will one day contribute to the tourism sector, whether directly or indirectly,” External link

jis Friday, February 5, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : "Yes, it is painful. Yes, it is difficult and it is causing us some unintended consequences, because I know that Canada has no real intention of hurting Jamaica," External link

CBC Friday, February 5, 2021 12:15:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : "What we are doing here is to hope and pray that Canada will get through this very quickly so that we can return to the normal course of our trade relations," External link

CBC Friday, February 5, 2021 12:15:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I think the world is going there, nobody is there yet, but I can tell you that there is a lot of work going on between airlines, ourselves, and (other) countries,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “These developments come as no surprise given the growing global trend of increasing testing requirements before travel and generally as a means of curbing the spread of COVID-19,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “That’s where technology is taking us, and your minister and Jamaica are on top of that game,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “It is very important that we have artisans here so that when the visitors come, they can have a design that they give to an artisan, proceed on their tour and on their return collect a truly authentic finished product to take on board the ship with them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 3, 2021 12:28:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I'm also pleased to see that among the objectives of REDI II is the provision of medical grade Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as prescribed by the Ministry of Tourism's COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols. PPEs to include face masks, face shields, no contact hand-held thermometers, hand sanitiser dispenser, 62 per cent alcohol-based gel hand sanitiser,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 1, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am advised that the theming exercise will be done through the end of June so that it will allow for the tenants to now come in as of July,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 1, 2021 8:22:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The construction is substantially completed. I am advised by the contractors that it is in an actual handover position and the partners, who have overseen that contract work, the Port Authority of Jamaica, are stating that yes, they are in a position to receive the substantially completed project,” “There are some finishes that are to be completed by the 23rd of March by the contractor” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 1, 2021 8:22:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “It is going to have enormous implications for our poverty management,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 31, 2021 6:06:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett outlined : “So, what is needed is for us to look at a major plan to boost agricultural supplies in Jamaica and within the Caribbean. One of the things we could look at is where do we have comparative advantage in the production of what type of supply, to see how we can utilise these specialties within the islands to create the sufficiency of supply that is required, or a significant portion of what is required,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 30, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “He is also credited with introducing several leading international tour operators to the island such as First Choice/ TUI, Hotel Plan, Maxi Tours and Maxi Coverage Company Sun Wing,” “Mr Smith was a brilliant businessman. His passion for tourism and the transportation industry is truly unmatched. I am certain his legacy will live on for years to come. I pray that his soul will be at peace with our Heavenly Father” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 30, 2021 1:38:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Ralph Smith ) : “I was very saddened to learn about the passing of Ralph Smith. We will never forget his kindness and invaluable contributions,” “On behalf of the Government of Jamaica, I offer my sincere condolences to the entire Smith family. I pray that the love of those around you will provide some comfort and support during this period of grief,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:55:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added ( about Mr Smith ) : “Mr Smith was a brilliant businessman. His passion for tourism and the transportation industry is truly unmatched. I am certain his legacy will live on for years to come. I pray that his soul will be at peace with our Heavenly Father,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:55:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I was very saddened to learn about the passing of Ralph Smith. We will never forget his kindness and invaluable contributions. On behalf of the Government of Jamaica, I offer my sincere condolences to the entire Smith family. I pray that the love of those around you will provide some comfort and support during this period of grief,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Mr. Smith was a brilliant businessman. His passion for tourism and the transportation industry is truly unmatched. I am certain his legacy will live on for years to come. I pray that his soul will be at peace with our Heavenly Father,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The ROK Hotel in Kingston, with 168 hotel rooms, is still under way and is scheduled to be completed in July 2021,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 29, 2021 10:47:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We were positive we would see our best months yet, (but) unfortunately, COVID-19 cases worldwide are again spiralling and new variants of the virus is cause for much consternation,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 29, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I cannot say what the final outcome of winter may be,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 29, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “These developments come as no surprise given the growing global trend of increasing testing requirements before travel and generally as a means of curbing the spread of COVID-19,” “Nevertheless, the UK, USA, and Canada are our three main source markets, which account for some 90 per cent of Jamaica’s visitors” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 29, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “By 2023, the tourism industry should be well on its way to full recovery. Sustainability is integral to the recovery process and I want to add that resilience is the benchmark to the process” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 29, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “We are pleased to share that 26 resorts in Jamaica are providing guests with on-site testing, at no cost to the traveller. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has approved a total of 10 private laboratories to further enhance testing efforts, and we are establishing a number of sample collection centres throughout our resilient corridors to make testing a seamless process for guests staying at other properties,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are resilient and will remain nimble, especially over the coming weeks, as we anticipate other potential changes for United States travellers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “The new executive order requires that all travellers seeking to enter the US from a foreign country provide proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than three days prior to departure to the US, and follow the CDC's [US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines for actions to take following international travel, which include recommended periods of self-quarantine or self-isolation after entry into the US,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “These federal agencies have 14 days to develop and submit their evaluations,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “The task force has done quite a lot of work, which includes taking steps to assess and determine the capacity to respond to the need for testing of all visitors going back to their country. We are able to report positively that the labs are all accredited and resourced” External link

travelweekly Monday, January 25, 2021 11:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “For visitors who test positive, we have a positive care programme that is being structured,” “Hotels will be the first responders by allowing the visitors to stay on property in a designated area throughout the period, especially if they are asymptomatic, to fulfil the requirements to enable them to go back home” External link

travelweekly Monday, January 25, 2021 11:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Jamaica is now very ready. We have developed the infrastructure to secure the quantities of testing agents and/or to enable the viral testing methods that are approved by the relevant authorities. So, all visitors who come to Jamaica will be able to access approved testing arrangements to enable them to fulfil the requirements of their respective countries for re-entry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 23, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The task force has done quite a lot of work, which includes taking steps to assess and determine the capacity to respond to the need for testing of all visitors going back to their country, and I am pleased to say that that work is completed. We are able to report positively that the labs are all accredited and resourced,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 23, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett declared : “These new requirements are very challenging and we are already hampered by the existing protocols. The new ones only add to that burden. It is moving costs up and reducing volumes in, and will have implications in terms of the viability of some of the entities. However, what it is not affecting is the quality and high experience level that Jamaica offers. [But] we are still the finest destination to visit,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 23, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “We have also established two redundancy arrangements. They are located at sites close to both international airports in Montego Bay and Kingston,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 23, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “For visitors who test positive, we have a positive care programme that is being structured. The hotels will be the first responders by allowing the visitors to stay on property in a designated area throughout the period, especially if they are asymptomatic, to fulfil the requirements to enable them to go back home,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 23, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Jamaica is now very ready. We have developed the infrastructure to secure the quantities of testing agents and/or to enable the viral testing methods that are approved by the relevant authorities. So, all visitors who come to Jamaica will be able to access approved testing arrangements to enable them to fulfil the requirements of their respective countries for re-entry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 23, 2021 3:18:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We have also established two redundancy arrangements. They are located at sites close to both international airports in Montego Bay and Kingston,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 23, 2021 3:18:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The establishment of this satellite centre at Kenyatta University will expand the global reach of the Global Resilience Centre. I am particularly excited as it will be a critical asset in enhancing tourism resilience and sustainability among East African destinations,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 2:47:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Ultimately, this centre will become a key catalyst for sustainable tourism development and ensure that global tourism can adapt and respond to the uncertainties of its internal and external environment,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 2:47:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am heartened to learn that Adam Stewart has been named the executive chairman of Sandals Resorts International,” “Over the years, Adam has made a name for himself as a brilliant businessman, leader and innovator. I can say without hesitation that the mantle of leadership of SRI could not have been passed to a more competent and deserving individual,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted ( about Adam Stewart ) : “Adam, much like his father, is a global industry leader with a wealth of knowledge about the Sandals brand and the international tourism industry. I offer you my heartiest congratulations Adam, I am certain you will do exceptionally well, and that you will continue to build on the rich legacy left by your father, who has groomed you very well for this position,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “It has to be borne in mind that Members of Parliament are not necessarily professionals in many fields nor, perhaps, academics. So, therefore, they need the support and the information and data, and the quality guidance to enable the best-quality reviews that can be given,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:00:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : "This task force will work along with the Ministry of Health and Wellness and tourism stakeholders, both within the public and private sectors, to boost Jamaica's capacity to facilitate widescale COVID-19 testing for visitors to the island. We will also undertake extensive consultation with our local and international tourism partners to develop and introduce innovative solutions to effectively address this challenge," External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “Our aim is to develop along with the Ministry of Health and private sector stakeholders the capacity required to drive the establishment of the testing for tourists coming to Jamaica, in accordance with the requirements of their respective countries,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “We will not fall down and die, because the economy of Jamaica is dependent on tourism,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : "Like all other nations, we understand the need to protect citizens and to put measures in place to help reduce the spread of this deadly virus. It is for this reason the Government of Jamaica and key partners are putting measures in place to boost the COVID-19 testing capacity locally," External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:47:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : "We will, however, continue to work closely with all local and international tourism partners, to ensure the safety of our citizens and visitors," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 13, 2021 5:45:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Chamber ) : “I was very saddened to learn about the passing of one of Jamaica's stalwarts in the tourism and shipping industries, Harry Maragh. He was always pleasant and the consummate professional. This is indeed a great loss for our industry and he will be truly missed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 7, 2021 2:04:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Over the years, Lannaman & Morris has become the leading cruise agent, representing in excess of 75 per cent of all cruises that call at Jamaican ports. I greatly admire our home-grown talent who start from humble beginnings and go on to do great things for the nation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 7, 2021 2:04:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Chamber ) : “He started as a validating/traffic clerk with Lannaman & Morris and later bought the company, which has represented in excess of 75 per cent of all cruise lines that call on Jamaica. The success of our industry could not have happened without the stewardship of this great Jamaican. I offer my sincere condolences to his wife Charmaine and the rest of their family as well as to his staff, who I am sure will miss him dearly. May God continue to provide you comfort during this very difficult period of mourning,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 7, 2021 2:04:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Butch was truly an icon and innovator, philanthropist and perhaps the greatest marketer tourism has ever seen. Sandals is indeed the largest and most enduring brand created by a Caribbean entrepreneur in tourism and arguably the world today and the standard by which luxury All Inclusive is judged. I hail him as a father, leader, benefactor, and the greatest tourism entrepreneur of our time. His passing is truly devastating,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, January 7, 2021 6:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “I think that we can look back on his life and times and draw inspiration from the success that he has had. But I think, most importantly, we can be inspired by his resilience and the fact that he has started from nowhere, and has ended up as being one of the most celebrated human beings that Jamaica has produced in the last century,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, January 7, 2021 6:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I was very saddened to learn about the passing of one of Jamaica’s stalwarts in the tourism and shipping industries, Harry Maragh. He was always pleasant and the consummate professional. This is indeed a great loss for our industry and he will be truly missed,” External link

jis Wednesday, January 6, 2021 5:50:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I greatly admire our homegrown talent who start from humble beginnings and go on to do great things for the nation. He started as a validating/traffic clerk with Lannaman & Morris and later bought the company which has represents in excess of 75 per cent of all cruise lines that call on Jamaica. The success of our industry could not have happened without the stewardship of this great Jamaican. I offer my sincere condolences to his wife Charmaine and the rest of their family as well as to his staff, who I am sure will miss him dearly. May God continue to provide you comfort during this very difficult period of mourning,” External link

jis Wednesday, January 6, 2021 5:50:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Butch was truly an icon and innovator, philanthropist and perhaps the greatest marketer tourism has ever seen,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I was very saddened to learn about the passing of one of Jamaica's stalwarts in the tourism and shipping industries, Harry Maragh. He was always pleasant and the consummate professional. This is indeed a great loss for our industry and he will be truly missed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 6, 2021 5:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Michael Raine ) : “This is a good moment, I am really inspired [by you] myself. The response you probably expected is that he is great for tourism, and you are, but you are much more than that. Michael is great to be a role model for Jamaica's youth who need to have a sense of what they can accomplish,” “I would love to have him have another conversation with us, which is beyond tourism, where we can look at him in a more extensive way to give inspiration not just to a market that is going to need his image but to a country that is going to need his kind of efforts, especially coming out of COVID-19,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 6, 2021 3:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Gordon Butch Stewart has made an indelible mark. He has established himself as not just the standard by which entrepreneurship can be judged, but he has established a brand that has become global and is also the strongest statement that small island states such as Jamaica can make on global scenes, irrespective of their areas of involvement,” External link

jis Tuesday, January 5, 2021 11:29:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “If that trend had held, we would have welcomed more than 5 million visitors and earned a historic US$ 5 billion by year end,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 4, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “If that trend had held, we would have welcomed more than five million visitors and earned a historic US$5 billion by year-end,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 2, 2021 12:49:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “While we originally anticipated that the industry would fully bounce back by 2023 or 2024, based on the return of airlift and cruise passengers, we are now cautiously optimistic that we may be able to see an early significant boost in 2021, if the vaccine is highly successful and becomes readily available,” “As we look to the future, we are pleased that a vaccine has been developed and is currently being administered to thousands of health care workers in the US. We intend to make the case for tourism workers, globally, to be considered for early vaccination, so that the sector can quickly recover to continue to fulfil its vital role as a significant catalyst of global economic recovery, and restore employment for more than 120 million people globally,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 2, 2021 12:49:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett argued : “We will be exploring the possibilities of establishing tourism and travel, alongside trade and investment between both countries. I can see this emerging in time. The beauty about tourism is that it opens the doors to countless opportunities to include trade and investment,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 1, 2021 10:42:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “For many years, we have been looking at formalising a new bilateral agreement between Jamaica and Nigeria; now the contents of that are being put together. We were to have had a meeting in Abuja in April of this year; it didn't happen because of Covid but is expected to happen soon,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 29, 2020 3:17:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We have already established a satellite in Kenya for East Africa and we really would love to have one established in either Abuja or Lagos for West Africa,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 29, 2020 3:17:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “As the industry grows it has been a priority of mine to ensure that tourism workers benefit fully from the value chain. It is engulfed in my three-pronged Worker Welfare Programme, which comprises a pension scheme, housing, and training,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett confirmed : “Additionally, the Government is currently undertaking the construction of 754 affordable housing units in Rhyne Park, St James, for tourism workers. More than 50 of the units have been completed, and sales will commence in January 2021,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “Moments like these always give me great pleasure as I get to pay homage to the dedicated airport workers who provide our visitors and residents with a seamless travel experience daily” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 25, 2020 9:24:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The extreme positions must not be what we apply if we are to balance health and well-being. So let’s not put ourselves to where we have to apply extreme measures. And the only way to make sure extreme measures are not resorted to is to follow the protocols to comply,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 24, 2020 11:08:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Why would anybody be putting up their picture in Times Square for birthday? It doesn't make sense. How could you do that? How would that be justified anywhere or place?” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 24, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “He did it when I went to New York last year, put up a big thing that said 'welcome minister of tourism'. He is my friend,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, December 24, 2020 9:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “Jamaica Cares… will position Jamaica as one of the most COVID-resilient countries in the world when it is launched. It is a groundbreaking travel protection and emergency services program that provides visitors with the cost of medical care, evacuations, field rescue, case management and patient advocacy in all circumstances up to and including natural disasters,” External link

sunstkitts Tuesday, December 22, 2020 7:25:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett pointed out : “This new framework will considerably lessen the burden on the local health system and ensure that Jamaicans are not deprived of well-needed health resources,” External link

sunstkitts Tuesday, December 22, 2020 7:25:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about The UK ) : “The UK market has been one of the elements of uncertainty, with the narrative changing constantly, as they grapple with the uncertainty of the virus,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 21, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about The UK ) : “The supply from the UK is fairly distributed. The real value is [that] they spend a longer time and they tend to travel more across the island,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 21, 2020 10:53:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “Travel and tourism will be the key sector in driving the recovery of the global economy post-COVID-19 by generating new jobs, government revenues, foreign exchange, supporting local economic development and forging vital linkages with other sectors that will produce a positive domino effect on suppliers across the entire supply chain,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 20, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “International tourist arrivals increased from 25.3 million to 1.50 billion in 2019. At the end of 2019, international tourism had recorded its 10th consecutive year of growth and had outpaced the growth of global GDP for the ninth consecutive year. The number of destinations earning US$1 billion or more from international tourism had also doubled since 1998,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 20, 2020 10:07:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “the money spent on remodeling and reinventing this experience to make it COVID-19-compliant and to put it in a positon where it could stand with other attractions of the world and where the new visitors would want to go, was well spent” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 20, 2020 8:45:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Had the pandemic not struck the national coffers, we would have benefitted greatly from the wallets of visiting shoppers. But all is not lost, because while the onset of the pandemic imposed restrictions of social distancing, it has also accelerated us into the world of e-commerce at a much faster pace than it was being pursued,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 19, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “There was never any doubt that greater use had to be made of ever-increasing technological advancement, for us to retain our status as a developing nation while having an eye on attaining the goal of becoming a developed state,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 19, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “The online marketing of products and services is now the norm, and our Jamaican consumers are beginning to appreciate that this comes with other benefits that, in themselves, add value in terms of cost-savings and even time-savings in getting goods from producers to consumers. This does not only go for manufacturers of consumer goods, but also for our artisans and fashion designers, who now have a worldwide market of online purchasers at their fingertips,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 19, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added ( about St Ann ) : “It is a Jamaican investor from Wall Street who is coming to see us, and he has bought the property already. It is 250 acres overall, and it is going to border St Thomas and St Andrew, and it will become the first of the developments in the new destination of St Thomas that we have just created,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 18, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about St Ann ) : “The Princess Hotel development for Green Island, Hanover, to include 2,000 rooms, is still intact; the Hard Rock Casino and Hotel in St James, with 1,700 rooms, is still on track; as are the 500-room facility for Richmond and the Sandals development for Dunn’s River, both in St Ann,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 18, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “This is a signal that destination Jamaica is still seen as a place for positive investment, and that there is confidence in us and in the way in which we have managed this pandemic. It speaks to our own future in the industry and otherwise, because, if we are doing it right, the world will see and the world will come to Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 18, 2020 11:29:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Rose Hall ) : “The event also serves as the official opening of Main Street Jamaica, the new name of what we once knew as Shoppes of Rose Hall. For that I must commend Anup Chandiram and his family. For many decades the Chandiram family has been one of the leaders of the in-bond shopping subsector, but, particularly at this time, I congratulate them on this new concept embodied in the creation of Main Street Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 18, 2020 10:16:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The online marketing of products and services is now the norm and our Jamaican consumers are beginning to appreciate that this comes with other benefits that in themselves add value in terms of cost-savings and even time-savings, in getting goods from the producer to the consumer,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 18, 2020 2:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Especially at this time though, I want to invite our Jamaicans to show confidence in ourselves and give meaning to 'Buy Jamaican'. We are approaching the season of giving to friends and loved ones, a loving act that COVID-19 and social distancing cannot stop, and I really want to appeal to everyone to shop Jamaican this 'Chrismus',” “That special item you may desire is literally at your fingertips. Just visit the shoppinginja.com/echrismus platform and there you will find an amazing array of gift items that are available from local suppliers who are eager for you to contact them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 18, 2020 2:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are cautiously optimistic that we will see a 40 per cent increase in arrivals over the winter season, when compared to the preceding periods of massive downturn. This augurs well for the 70 per cent of our furloughed tourism workers who are still off the job,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 17, 2020 2:02:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “With rates as low as US$70 to US$80 per person all-inclusive, locals have been flocking to the hotels on weekends for relaxation. That's a deliberate strategy because the world understands that the first response to recovery is always domestic tourism — and that's a very key aspect of the process,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 16, 2020 9:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted ( about British ) : “It is a start for the recovery of the tourism market for Jamaica, as well as a start to the recovery of the British market. With BA operating out of Gatwick, it provides greater inroads into the British market and also connects with the diaspora,” “I can't help recognising the time and the season and the occasion that we are in presently. An occasion the world has never seen before. The tourism sector has been responsible for managing the COVID-19 pandemic effectively,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 16, 2020 9:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “There's going to be a greater dependence on technology to drive a number of experiences in the region. There's going to be a lot more reliance on health standards and more importantly, there's going to be a lot more reliance on touchless technology – both at our airports for a more seamless entry as well as in our hotels and our attractions across the region,” “So the third big area I believe [we need] to look at is investment. There is need for new investments to emerge within the Caribbean space so as to provide some of these critical equipment and infrastructure that is going to be needed to deal with this new set of visitors who are coming,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 15, 2020 1:08:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “The collaboration that the region requires for recovery is going to be at like we've never seen before. I think we're going to have to look at how do we avoid competitiveness in the traditional sense where we're all fighting each other to show who is able to do more and who can do whatever,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 14, 2020 2:17:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “There are a number of new and innovative steps that we now have to look at. How do we create three critical outcomes to make our region really ready... One is security, two safety and three seamlessness and I believe that if we are able to make those three elements a feature of our experience in the Caribbean then we will be well on our way to a recovery that will perhaps be shorter that the three or four-year projection that is currently on stream,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 14, 2020 2:17:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about British ) : “I think the last time we had one was 2009 and this is a good sign because it is starting for us the recovery of the industry and for the recovery of the British market coming out of Gatwick, essentially British. When you come from Gatwick you really bring in British and you really bringing a lot of the Jamaican Diaspora as well. So 300 passengers on this 777 unit is a good start for us,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 14, 2020 2:17:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “The return of the tourism jobs is an important part of the well-being of the people in Montego Bay, St James; Hanover; Trelawny; and Westmoreland; because this is really the hub. This airport employs well over 5,000, so to see that over 4,000 of them were actually out of a job. The return of aircraft into this airport signals the return of hope and you could see how anxious and how excited the workers were in seeing this flight coming in today (Saturday),” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 14, 2020 2:17:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I want to use this opportunity also to say as we are anxious and excited about the return to economic activities we have to recognise the responsibilities we have to manage this pandemic and to comply with the protocols that have been dispatched. We are in the western side of Jamaica and we do recognise,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 14, 2020 2:17:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated ( about British ) : “The fact that it originated out of Gatwick means the interest in flying to Jamaica came largely from British residents,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 14, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are battling an existential event – a pandemic, and in battling it, we have to balance lives and livelihood,” “So we have to make sure that the health requirements are all met, that health protocols are fully complied with ... because jobs have to be returned” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 14, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted ( about Labour Organization ) : “The United Nations World Tourism Organization has described the current pandemic as the worst crisis that international tourism has faced since records began in 1950,” “It has been projected that for 2020, between US$910 billion and US$1.2 trillion will be lost in export revenues from tourism and 100 to 120 million direct tourism jobs are at risk as a result of international travel restrictions and reduced global demand” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 13, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Since the 15th of June when we opened… as of yesterday [Tuesday], we welcomed 300,000 visitors to the country, and in so doing we have brought in our Jamaican nationals in the mix. So we have a little over 200,000 international guests and about 80,000 or so of our own people who have come in,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, December 12, 2020 12:12:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Wi not wearing our mask, wi not keeping physical distancing, we are having parties everywhere. We are using bike taxis to carry four and five people...we are not doing what we should be doing. We are not staying home and operating in that space as we should. Wi not working smart either, and our transportation system, we are still not following the rules of low density,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, December 12, 2020 12:12:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Montego Bay and other rapidly growing resort areas such as Falmouth, Ocho Rios, and Portland cannot fully provide the experience required without the supportive infrastructure and services that make these experiences safe and seamless,” “Our roadways and road network make up part of this supportive infrastructure, and are critical to ensure that our visitors and locals alike can travel from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’ with less hassle and accidents” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 12, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “This is what enhancing the tourism product is all about. This is the assurance that our destination has put in place the necessary infrastructure to keep our visitors and locals safe. It is the value-added that boosts the attractiveness of destination Jamaica,” “This project serves as a testament to our commitment to the development of our resort areas while ensuring that a delicate environmental balance is maintained” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 12, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “On behalf of the officials from the Ministry of Tourism, the Jamaica Tourist Board and the entire tourism fraternity, we owe you a debt of gratitude for your unwavering dedication and support of the industry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 11, 2020 12:13:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I want to say, don’t make it be felt that tourism is to be blamed for any undue spread,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 10, 2020 10:22:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We know it's not exactly where everyone would want it, but it is at the level that makes it appropriate for now, and also to enable us to conduct the business of the people in a fairly decent arrangement,” “We know that the prime minister and the team are very bullish about a new Parliament, [and] so are all of us. For that, we do recognise that time is of the essence as we seek to get the arrangements. The hard, cold facts are, however, that this chamber, as we know it, was really not intended for this kind of a configuration to enable parliamentary or any other kind of proceedings,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 2, 2020 1:05:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “haphazard and laissez-faire approach will not ensure timely recovery” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 2, 2020 11:02:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “It's not perfect, but it represents the extent that we can do now to facilitate a return to the chamber,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:25:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Earl Jarrett ) : “After three years in existence, the centre, as a thought leader in resilience and recovery, has grown exponentially with satellites across the globe,” “We recognise that, with this growth, there is need for a strengthening of the governance structure and a building out of its financial capabilities, and the best mind to lead this initiative is Mr Jarrett, who has a wealth of experience and knowledge in this area” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 25, 2020 1:16:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett argued : “JetBlue's new flights are testament to that (resilience) and I am pleased to say that 2021 will see a raft of positive developments on the tourism front that will bring back many jobs and needed revenues whilst strictly maintaining health and safety protocols,” “Already, June to September earnings amounted to US$231.9 million, and hotel occupancy rates are slowly inching up” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 23, 2020 11:04:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “The various linkages have enabled more Jamaicans to reap direct benefits from what, up to February this year, was the fastest growing economic sector, locally and internationally,” “It is going to take some time, but we will get back there and we must have the tools that are going to propel us forward,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 22, 2020 5:10:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “human capital development strategy is a very important element to develop tourism” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 22, 2020 2:52:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett argued : “The labour market arrangements for tourism today is still very informal and tourism workers, by and large, are classified as 'casual'. What this is doing is creating stackable credentials for them so that they can now be classified; and if you are certified and classified, then you can be remunerated according to classification and that will change the labour market arrangement in tourism today, it is very important. The only way we can abolish the contract work is to train and certify all the workers of the industry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 22, 2020 2:52:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted ( about St Ann ) : “We have used technology in Jamaica to build value, particularly for our small and medium enterprises and some of our street food vendors. We have a little man called the 'Pudding man' in Priory, St Ann, and his pudding is all over the world now. By way of digital presentations that we've made, his value has been enormous. He makes a lot of money now and people are buying the experience even before they come,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 22, 2020 2:52:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “The various linkages have enabled more Jamaicans to reap direct benefits from what, up to February this year, was the fastest growing economic sector, locally and internationally,” “It is going to take some time, but we will get back there and we must have the tools that are going to propel us forward,” External link

sunstkitts Sunday, November 22, 2020 1:11:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “The bookings for Christmas... December was very good, the only problem is that you would be losing some flights... a number of TUI flights, British Airways and so on that would come in November, so you just have to wait now for December,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 12, 2020 9:30:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “The JTB [Jamaica Tourist Board] is maintaining strong engagement with tour operators and airline companies to drive bookings for the winter and already seat support out of key markets include:USA – 567,427, Canada – 166,032, United Kingdom –1,801 and Continental Europe – 45,311,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 12, 2020 9:30:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Some of our hotel properties have reported that they are reaching up to 60 per cent occupancy through a combination of international and local guests, with numbers reaching nearly 90 per cent around holiday weekends,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 11, 2020 10:42:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “numbers reaching nearly 90% around holiday weekends” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:36:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “several hotels are redefining the meaning of luxury to accommodate more private experiences. These include Eclipse at Half Moon, a major new luxury property at the resort that provides the luxury of space, privacy and peace of mind with meticulous health and safety protocols” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:36:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “It will be part of a multipurpose complex including retail, onsite entertainment, and commercial office space” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:36:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “we have been working tirelessly and efficiently to provide a Jamaica that is safe and enjoyable to all, in recovery and beyond” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 10, 2020 8:36:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “numbers reaching nearly 90 per cent around holiday weekends” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 10, 2020 1:24:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “several hotels are redefining the meaning of luxury to accommodate more private experiences. These include Eclipse at Half Moon, a major new luxury property at the resort that provides the luxury of space, privacy and peace of mind with meticulous health and safety protocols” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 10, 2020 1:24:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “It will be part of a multi-purpose complex including retail, onsite entertainment and commercial office space,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 10, 2020 1:24:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “we have been working tirelessly and efficiently to provide a Jamaica that is safe and enjoyable to all, in recovery and beyond” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 10, 2020 1:24:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Preliminary figures from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) indicate that since reopening on June 15, we have recorded a little over 200,000 stopover arrivals to the country, [with] June to September earnings amounted to just over US$250 million,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 31, 2020 9:02:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The JTB is maintaining strong engagement with tour operators and airline companies to drive bookings for the winter, and already seat support out of key markets include the United States, 567,427 seats; Canada, 166,032 seats; United Kingdom, 1,801 seats and Continental Europe, 45,311 seats,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 31, 2020 9:02:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “With the reopening of global economies, air travel is gradually being restored, and we are cautiously optimistic that we will see a 40 per cent increase in arrivals over the winter season when compared to the preceding period before the massive downturn,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 30, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “The point is that we’re basing it on bookings and the reservations that are on the books,” “If down the road it changes, then it’s a different game, but as for now, based on the seats that I announced we have, and the bookings that are committed, that is what the expectation is. You can’t do it any better than that” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 30, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Airlift commitments continue to increase, and this is a good indicator that there is a demand for travellers waiting to travel or, indeed, making bookings to travel,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 30, 2020 10:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “As thought leaders, Jamaica is practically taking a vital role in recovering and rebuilding the spirit of travel by restoring the trust and confidence of travellers to our destination. Today is tangible evidence of Jamaica and the Global Tourism Resilience Crisis Management Centre resolve to ensure resilience in this new COVID pandemic world. In times of crisis we see innovation, new procedures like the COVID-19 protocols and the resilient corridor Jamaica has led the world in establishing,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 27, 2020 10:07:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “COVID-19 has given a little setback but picking up on 2021, we will be on track for somewhere in 2024 and that’s very exciting. We are going to be good for 2024,” External link

sunstkitts Sunday, October 25, 2020 12:07:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We must build our capacity to absorb the demand that tourism brings. This capacity resides in our ability to invest more in the experiences that the visitor consumes and those experiences must be local and owned by our people,” “That ownership of the indigenous experiences allows for the retention of the dollar and a more equitable distribution of the industry’s benefits,” External link

sunstkitts Sunday, October 25, 2020 12:07:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “We owe payment for the two meetings so far, and we expect to meet there on October 27 and November 4. After which the renovation of Gordon House should be completed. I am sure the work will not go beyond mid-November, the latest,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 23, 2020 9:35:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The procurement of this box truck is one such way we are assisting and mitigating the impact of pollution and destruction of the environment. This will allow for the efficient collection of plastics and other pollutants within the town of Negril, which will benefit directly from this investment,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 23, 2020 9:35:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are pleased to note that there has been no known case of Covid-19 transmission along our Resilient Corridors, which we conceptualized and implemented in our key tourism regions specifically to keep travelers, tourism workers and residents safe,” External link

nytimes Wednesday, October 21, 2020 1:11:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “COVID-19 has given a little setback but picking up on 2021, we will be on track for somewhere in 2024 and that's very exciting. We are going to be good for 2024,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9:03:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We must build our capacity to absorb the demand that tourism brings. This capacity resides in our ability to invest more in the experiences that the visitor consumes, and those experiences must be local and owned by our people,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9:03:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett insisted : “Parliament is not about failing the Government. The Parliament is about supporting and enabling the Government to perform better – that is what the sessional committees are about. The behaviour and pattern were the same, that is why I am taking steps to reform that,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, October 4, 2020 10:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett announced : “By the first of November we hope to inaugurate in the world a complete and comprehensive, end to end health insurance, repatriation and logistics programme for all visitors coming to Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 4, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “If they [visitors] become seriously ill there is repatriation arrangement, as a plane will be on the AM tarmac ready and appropriately appointed with paramedical arrangements to take them back to their destination in a prescribed arrangement in that destination. And, Jamaica will be the first country in the world to have that end to end health security for visitors coming to our country,” “I made that point against the background that we have become the most COVID-resilient destination in the Caribbean. Absolutely no destination in the region is now as COVID-resilient” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 4, 2020 8:13:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “In the process, for a small cess on their ticket, they will able to come to the country, ensure that their testing is done. Whatever health requirements are needed while they are here on island will be covered,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 3, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “And if they are ill – and become seriously ill, in fact – there is a repatriation arrangement as a plane will be on the ... tarmac, ready and appropriately appointed with paramedical arrangements, to take them back to their destination in a prescribed health arrangement in that destination,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 3, 2020 11:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “In the process, for a small cess on their tickets, they will be able to come to the country and ensure that their testing is done; whatever health requirements are needed while they are here on the island will be covered; and if they are ill, there are repatriation arrangements, as a plane will be on the tarmac ready and appropriately [equipped] with paramedical [personnel] to take them back to their destination,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 3, 2020 1:19:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “So, we are opening Zoetry Montego Bay against that background of being a destination where we can say to our visitors, come to Jamaica, stay in the corridor, have a wonderful time, realise your truest wishes and desires, revel in the culture of Jamaica and go back home safe and secure,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 3, 2020 1:19:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are working to ensure that our visitors will be able to come to Jamaica, pretesting negative [for COVID-19], and that the process of being able to arrive in Jamaica will be less laborious and far easier,” “That process will enable us to have a competitive edge as we look to other stages of protection for visitors and Jamaicans,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, October 3, 2020 1:19:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “There is a whole mega programme of reformation that I have in mind, including establishing a reform committee made up of members from both sides of the House,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 1, 2020 8:40:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “He made sure that as a family man he was strong and committed,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 30, 2020 2:48:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “It is a modernisation of the Parliament to make it responsive to the demands of our democracy, and also to be able to utlilise technology to enable a high level of participation of the members,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am going to be involved with some international webinars. One with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on food security in rural development and tourism, and another which will be put on by the University of Bournemouth in the United Kingdom (UK),” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “In addition, we are going to be having a panel discussion on elements of tourism's involvement and the role that it will have to play with COVID-19 and pos- COVID, in building communities and strengthening rural development,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett pointed out ( about Exim Bank ) : “We will be looking at the funding arrangements that are in place at the EXIM Bank and at Jamaica National Small Business. We will be looking also at what the Government is doing, through the Ministry of Finance programmes that are bringing some $1.2 billion to be available through grants for small and medium tourism enterprise,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 29, 2020 12:19:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “So our focus for Jamaica is going to be on driving education information and to empower rural communities to respect the importance of health as the centre of their own future development and to facilitate economic development,” External link

jis Thursday, September 24, 2020 7:47:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “So, our goal to increase hotel rooms to 25,000 by 2023 is still on track,” External link

jis Wednesday, September 23, 2020 2:51:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I must extend my heartiest congratulations to the incoming President of the JHTA. You have been given this responsibility during a critical time in our recovery process, as an industry. However, I am confident that with your experience and innovative ideas, that you will have a successful tenure,” “The Ministry of Tourism stands ready to assist you and your team at the JHTA in any way that we can. We are all in this together. Strong partnerships and the sharing of ideas is the only way we can move forward, as an industry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 23, 2020 3:26:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett expressed : “The JHTA has always been a valuable tourism partner. It has been a rough seven months and I want to commend you for your resilience in the face of such great adversity. I just want to reassure you that we have your back. So let us continue to collaborate for the success of the tourism industry and the betterment of the many persons and entities that greatly rely on it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 23, 2020 3:26:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “Safeguarding the economic survival of all stakeholders within the sector remains high on our agenda. We remain committed to taking bold and decisive steps to assist players within the industry who are reeling from the effects of COVID-19,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, September 21, 2020 10:34:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “As the country enters the community transmission phase of the COVID-19 virus, we strongly believe it is in the best interest of our people to forgo hosting our annual carnival celebrations for this year,” “We are mindful of the significant economic loss this will have on our country” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, September 19, 2020 10:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I think that the protocols have been observed, the social distancing has been maintained; it has caused a slowing of the process and we are hoping that it is not slow to the point of frustrating some. At two PDs we learnt that people who had to go to work felt a little pushed for time and some left to come back, and that was a constraint,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 5, 2020 2:29:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The COVID-Resilient Corridor is a model to the world as to how best to manage visitors during this challenging period. What it does is to create a pretty much sterile area that allows for good management, keeping the visitors within that geographical boundary and reducing the possibility of community spread,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, August 30, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “The corridor was established as the most tourism-driven area in Jamaica because within that area are about 80 per cent of Jamaica’s touristic assets,” “We couldn’t include everywhere because we had to have the sort of architecture that allows the health authorities to manage with the resources that we have. All of us will have to bear some pain, some more than others because of the nature of how our business is set up,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, August 30, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I suspect that given the limitations of land-based vacation activities that must adhere to restrictive COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the open sea offers a greater appeal for persons to explore aquatic recreational activities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, August 25, 2020 10:19:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I suspect that, given the limitations of land-based vacation activities that must adhere to restrictive COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the open sea offers a greater appeal for persons to explore aquatic recreational activities,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, August 24, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “There is a growing recognition that all destinations ought to protect their population from potential spread of the virus, and in the context of the US, showing increasing incidence of infection in a number of states, this move will, in fact, in the short run, influence arrivals but in the long run will be beneficial to all,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 17, 2020 10:49:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett disclosed ( about St Ann ) : “The good news is that 15,000 of those rooms are still in the mill and the 1,700 Hard Rock facility that we were going to do in St James is still on. The programme for St Ann is still on, the 2,000 rooms in Green Island is still on and the development for Kingston and Port Royal is still on. So I just want you to know that the faith and confidence in destination Jamaica is still there by the investors of tourism in the world, even though we are all challenged by COVID at this time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, August 12, 2020 9:29:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “I don’t know what the prerequisites are for being in that bubble,” External link

antiguaobserver Thursday, August 6, 2020 3:24:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Negril represents a very critical resort area that continues to add to Jamaica’s prestige as a destination and this donation of an ambulance will boost the health security that is needed for this growing town. Visitors and locals will feel more confident moving around, as the response to health emergencies will be strengthened,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 3, 2020 11:52:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Last year, we embarked on a strategy lead by my Permanent Secretary to reimagine the town of Negril and this forms part of that strategy to boost the resources required under the new destination plan,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 3, 2020 11:52:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We want to build the capacity of all local people here to manage their own supply arrangement, to market it themselves, to market through Jamaican networks so that more and more of the resources that will come from the sale of their products will remain in their pocket and in the economy of Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, July 28, 2020 10:55:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “He was a stalwart and one of the most outstanding tourism administrators, planners, and missionaries of the Caribbean,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 20, 2020 7:56:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “So the message to the south coast is that this corridor is going to be managed as tight, if not tighter, as we are trying to manage the northern corridor, and breaches within this corridor are going to be met with very strong action,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 20, 2020 10:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “He was a stalwart and one of the most outstanding tourism administrators, planners, and missionaries of the Caribbean,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 20, 2020 10:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I can't speak to the question of people not being tested; we know the operations require it and the infrastructure is at the airport for it, so to the extent you have raised it I will take up the matter with the minister [of health and wellness] in that regard. I would then also caution as to how deep and hard we go at the minister and his team when in fact we are not very sure as to whether that information is accurate or not. It's not everything we hear sometimes that's worth repeating, even in Parliament, where we have some protection,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, July 16, 2020 8:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Public- and private-sector stakeholders are responsible for collaborating the extensive monitoring exercise that is required and up-to-date reporting is required,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 15, 2020 10:47:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “We have first established a team, similar to what is on the north coast so that we can appropriately open Phase 2A,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 13, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett acrescentou : "Para salvaguardar os trabalhadores do setor, desenvolvemos, através do Centro de Inovação Turística da Jamaica, um vídeo de formação Covid-19 que destaca os protocolos de saúde que devem ser seguidos diariamente" External link

jornaldeangola Sunday, July 12, 2020 3:39:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “That’s a start, and I must tell you that I got a video message from one of our workers the first morning that she welcomed the first guest in the hotel, and it put tears to my eyes when she said, ‘I’m excited because I have guests’, and that’s what the reopening of the sector provides,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 12, 2020 1:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “To safeguard workers of the sector, we developed, through the Jamaica Centre for Tourism Innovation, a COVID-19 training video that highlights the health protocols they are to follow on a daily basis while they commute to and from work,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, July 12, 2020 1:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “Remember now, we review on a two-weekly basis, the last review was on the first [July 1] and the next is on the 14th,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, July 8, 2020 11:45:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “We’ll be examining the whole thing, and the minister and I spoke, and he has called for a meeting for us to look at how the way forward can be structured and ensure that all the persons operating within Devon House are compliant with protocols” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, July 6, 2020 10:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The Canadian market is driven a lot more by Canada than us. Canada is still not open for international tourism the same way the United States is” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, July 5, 2020 9:30:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Their role is to ensure the resilient corridor is managed properly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, July 1, 2020 10:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “While implementing these health and safety protocols, we are being mindful not to overshadow the ‘heart and soul of Jamaica’, which has made us such an attractive destination for locals and visitors alike,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 29, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “A few final details surrounding electricity are to be completed; separate from that, the village is ready,” “One hundred and seventy-five persons have been trained to offer the unique experience the village intends to offer Jamaicans and visitors alike” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 29, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “Falmouth was once the busiest commercial port in Jamaica. It boasts its own historical narratives from Governor Sir William Trelawny, after whom the parish is named, to the capital Falmouth, from where he came to Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 29, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I cannot give a definite date for the opening because of a number of factors; one, there is presently a no-sail protocol in place. There was a meeting scheduled for June 24 to look into it. This has now been shifted to September 12,” “What this means is that the return of cruise ships may not happen until October” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 29, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I look forward to not just impact in terms of the ideas that [will] flow, but the activities that will ensue thereafter. It’s very important for us to be able to activate on our ideas and to implement effective measures that will inure to the growth and thriving capabilities of our destinations,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, June 27, 2020 7:59:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I look forward to not just impact in terms of the ideas that [will] flow, but the activities that will ensue thereafter. It’s very important for us to be able to activate on our ideas and to implement effective measures that will inure to the growth and thriving capabilities of our destinations,” External link

jis Saturday, June 27, 2020 12:51:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Exim Bank ) : “The Tourism Enhancement Fund had put $1 billion with the EXIM bank for the purpose of supporting and enabling SMTEs to get affordable credit. The remnant of that is about $389 million that is there now, along with $200 million that we have at Jamaica National,” “We are putting them together… to allow for our small and medium tourism enterprises to have an opportunity to be able to access and to purchase COVID security equipment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, June 26, 2020 5:42:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “In the process, we have trained approximately 175 craft vendors/traders, so far, to deal with this,” External link

jis Friday, June 26, 2020 12:18:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I have long maintained that our music… reggae music… is one of our biggest and most important assets and one that has been catching fire in Africa, especially in Ghana. This Tropical Cruises to Jamaica reggae album, which features one of the biggest names in entertainment in Ghana – Shatta Wale – an artist who was a part of American pop star, Beyonce’s Lion King album – is a powerful statement and one that will give us a major presence on the continent,” External link

jis Thursday, June 25, 2020 11:12:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The Tourism Enhancement Fund had put $1 billion with the EX-IM bank for the purpose of supporting and enabling SMTEs to get affordable credit. The remnant of that is about $389 million that is there now, along with $200 million that we have at Jamaica National,” “We are putting them together… to allow for our small and medium tourism enterprises to have an opportunity to be able to access and to purchase COVID security equipment,” External link

jis Thursday, June 25, 2020 11:12:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “When we took office in 2016, Jamaica was retaining 30 cents of every dollar earned in the industry. We are now retaining 40.8 cents, a 36 per cent increase, which is among the highest in the region,” “As I also believe that earnings are the most important metric of ensuring that tourism promotes national economic interests, I take great pleasure in the fact that the country has been able to increase earnings by US$1 billion in just over three years,” External link

jis Thursday, June 25, 2020 5:52:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “We need to get the over 350,000 pandemic-displaced workers back to work. We need to provide some salvation to the many businesses and workers that right now are facing very tough times,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 25, 2020 8:53:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett warned : “A heavy and deepening reliance on tourism as a priority contributor to the gross domestic product of our countries, accounting for over 50 percent of GDP in some cases, could further exacerbate the region’s vulnerability in this present crisis. This is even as we recognise the immense potential of travel and tourism to right our economies on the road to recovery and development,” External link

sunstkitts Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “are perhaps the most rigorous set available anywhere in the world to protect our workers and the whole country,” External link

sunstkitts Thursday, June 25, 2020 12:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett warned : “A heavy and deepening reliance on tourism as a priority contributor to the gross domestic product of our countries, accounting for over 50 per cent of GDP in some cases, could further exacerbate the region’s vulnerability in this present crisis. This is even as we recognise the immense potential of travel and tourism to right our economies on the road to recovery and development,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 22, 2020 11:21:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We have been in discussions with the leadership of Airbnb. In fact, we were on a programme with the vice-chairman a few days ago, and that platform we are encouraging not to be part of this first phase because it’s difficult for us to track the visitors who will come [and] disperse all over Jamaica, given the way in which Airbnb is structured,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 22, 2020 11:21:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “Before the threat of the novel coronavirus, Jamaica's tourism sector was confidently entering into its 10th-consecutive year of growth. Following a record-breaking year in 2019, tourism receipts for January and February indicated that the sector was growing at a rate of 5.2 per cent in 2020. Today the industry… filled with uncertainty and economic challenges… is facing a new paradigm,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 20, 2020 10:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The reopening of the tourism industry is required for the Jamaican economy, and especially the Jamaican workers,” External link

virginislandsdailynews Tuesday, June 16, 2020 11:05:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The corridor is designed to keep the workers and our country safe by only opening an area in which we have the capacity to train, oversee and manage,” “Every effort is being made to ensure that this is what we call a managed space, so that we can track and trace and also that we will be able to have ready access to whatever security or other measures are needed … and to ensure control” External link

virginislandsdailynews Tuesday, June 16, 2020 11:05:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We're really hoping that our locals and visitors alike will have an experience [in which] they will be comfortable,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 15, 2020 11:23:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The airport team has introduced numerous changes to facilitate social distancing consistent with stipulated health protocols,” “We’re really hoping that our locals and visitors alike will have an experience that they will be comfortable with, bearing in mind the many challenges posed by this pandemic. This is a very unique situation, and we are doing our best to manage it properly” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 15, 2020 9:40:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Chukka's contribution to the tourism industry is immeasurable. Their attractions are world-class, both in product and service, and they are a major pull factor for both cruise and stopover visitors,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, June 13, 2020 2:28:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “On the 15th we will have seven flights that will come in, and during the period — 15th to 30th — we are expecting to have 70 flights into Jamaica. That will bring us somewhere in the region of about 5,000 to 6,000 visitors over that period,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 12, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “We want to focus on the northern area, where [there are] quite a number of tourism properties... But the good news is we are able to manage this area and [the] health [ministry] is able to coordinate and to do the tracing that is necessary. And [there is] the infrastructure for health support in that area, so we will be able to manage the risk better to ensure that there is limited possibilities for community spread,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 12, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are also working... with UNWTO for their seal of approval so that Jamaica will have also its protocol approved by the two mega entities — the UNWTO and the WTTC,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 12, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “It is a matter of economic life or death,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, June 7, 2020 9:07:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “You can see, therefore, that the phased reopening of our borders to international travellers on June 15 is not just about tourism. It is a matter of economic life or death,” “We need to get the over 350,000 pandemic-displaced workers back to work. We need to provide some salvation to the many tourism enterprises that right now are at severe economic risk” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 5, 2020 9:55:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : "It’s a new type of traveler who is going to be hugely health conscious," External link

wsau Wednesday, June 3, 2020 2:56:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are recommending that all the workers of the tourism industry should wear their mask. The Prime Minister has already made that a condition for all of us, and the medical fraternity has supported that; so we want to assist in ensuring full compliance,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 3, 2020 12:58:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “The Ministry of Tourism continues to create innovative and game changing policies and strategies while we manage the virus. We are committed to making sure that of all the people who have to interface with the industry… that the workers, in particular, are protected because they are our frontline people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 3, 2020 12:58:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The course is suitable for managerial and human resource positions in the tourism industry. The skills of workers to provide the better output is going to be the differentiating point between ‘Destination Jamaica’ and the rest of the world, during this ‘live with COVID and post COVID’ era,” External link

jis Tuesday, June 2, 2020 4:34:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Before the threat of the novel coronavirus, Jamaica’s tourism sector was confidently entering into its tenth consecutive year of growth. Following a record-breaking year in 2019, tourism receipts for January and February indicated that the sector was growing at a rate of 5.2% in 2020. Today the industry… filled with uncertainty and economic challenges… is facing a new paradigm,” External link

jis Monday, June 1, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “we have less than 50 people in hospitals and over 100 in recovery” External link

jis Monday, June 1, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Andrew Holness ) : “We are recommending that all the workers of the tourism industry should wear their mask. The Prime Minister [the Most Hon. Andrew Holness] has already made that a condition for all of us, and the medical fraternity has supported that; so we want to assist in ensuring full compliance,” External link

jis Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:47:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “The Ministry of Tourism continues to create innovative and game changing policies and strategies while we manage the virus. We are committed to making sure that of all the people who have to interface with the industry… that the workers, in particular, are protected because they are our frontline people,” External link

jis Sunday, May 31, 2020 5:47:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “As the number one foreign exchange earner, the country’s economy is driven by tourism,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 25, 2020 10:29:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Gleaner ) : “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it drastically. While we encourage persons to practice physical distancing, we also want to remind them that this does not mean we have to cancel social engagements. Though they may not be able to visit us in person, we are so happy to welcome these couples to our island virtually to celebrate love in one of the world’s leading wedding destinations – Jamaica,” External link

stabroeknews Saturday, May 16, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as we know it drastically. While we encourage persons to practice physical distancing, we also want to remind them that this does not mean we have to cancel social engagements. Though they may not be able to visit us in person, we are so happy to welcome these couples to our island virtually to celebrate love in one of the world’s leading wedding destinations – Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 16, 2020 1:49:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are hopeful that the airline will be rescued and resume in whatever new configuration is appropriate, to continue the energies of travel and tourism post-COVID,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 13, 2020 8:17:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “It will also involve some changes at the airports and the seaports. So, it’s a pretty comprehensive set of protocols covering all points of entry, as well as the experience of the visitor within the destination,” External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, May 12, 2020 12:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “In other words, the whole business of density management is going to be a big thing and that is also tied up in social distancing,” External link

jamaica-star Tuesday, May 12, 2020 12:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “It entails a whole range of responses that the workers of the industry will have to make and also quite a bit of infrastructure adjustment that the hotels will have to make, as well as the transportation subsector,” External link

jis Monday, May 11, 2020 5:50:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “In other words, the whole business of density management is going to be a big thing and that is also tied up in social distancing,” External link

jis Monday, May 11, 2020 5:50:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett pointed out : “We are all aware of the global impact that COVID-19 is having on economies and livelihoods. Tourism, in particular, has been severely impacted based on travel and related industries grinding to a halt. Nevertheless, we recognise that tourism must be the 'first out the blocks', so to speak, as the sector remains critical to the country's economy and that remains our focus as we try to navigate this global crisis,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 11, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “The task force brings about a realistic view of the sector's baseline or starting position; develop scenarios for multiple versions of the future; establish the strategic posture for the sector as well as a broad direction of the journey back to growth; establish actions and strategic imperatives that will be reflected across various scenarios; and establish trigger points to tackle action, which includes a planned vision in a world that is learning to evolve rapidly,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, May 11, 2020 10:18:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The tourism industry is being prepared, firstly with public education, so that every single person in the industry is going to be aware of what this Coronavirus is about. We will be using all sorts of public relations [strategies] to get the messages across. It’s about educating in terms of hygienic practices…the whole business of washing your hands and ensuring that you don’t touch your face, and when you cough what you do,” External link

caribbean360 Saturday, May 9, 2020 10:40:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “We are now all part of Generation C (Gen C), the post-COVID generation. Gen C will be defined by a societal shift in mindset that will change the way that we look at – and do – many things,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 2, 2020 8:40:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett insisted : “So there is the basis for registration to actually begin, on the basis of those who are still in full employ at this time. We really want that to happen, so that the process actually begins,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 1, 2020 8:41:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Our unemployment figure is going to jump significantly post-COVID,” “This is uncharted waters. We have no clue what things are going to look like in 12 months” External link

simcoe Sunday, April 26, 2020 9:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “It’s going to be a reasonably slow bounce back,” External link

simcoe Sunday, April 26, 2020 9:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The rate at which these investments from Canada will happen is a function of how quickly the Canadian economy bounces back,” External link

simcoe Sunday, April 26, 2020 9:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Remittance is also going to take a huge hit,” “Possibly down 20 to 30 per cent” External link

simcoe Sunday, April 26, 2020 9:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “It’s going to be a reasonably slow bounce back,” External link

TorontoStar Sunday, April 26, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The rate at which these investments from Canada will happen is a function of how quickly the Canadian economy bounces back,” External link

TorontoStar Sunday, April 26, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Remittance is also going to take a huge hit,” “Possibly down 20 to 30 per cent” External link

TorontoStar Sunday, April 26, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “That will go a long way in helping to bridge the gap in the deficit from tourism and other industries,” External link

TorontoStar Sunday, April 26, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Our unemployment figure is going to jump significantly post-COVID,” “This is uncharted waters. We have no clue what things are going to look like in 12 months” External link

TorontoStar Sunday, April 26, 2020 8:54:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “The USF is a new partner that has come on board to ensure connectivity and access in the various communities across Jamaica. The USF is a critical partner as we seek to ensure access for those who do not have technology at home,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 24, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “We are going to be looking at what are some of the new ways in which the hoteliers are going to have to operate in terms of securing the health of the nation, while also securing the health of the visitors. This, I think, is a new dimension to the programme,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 21, 2020 9:30:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett warned : “That's significant for us to consider when we are looking at how hard all of us have to work…All of us have to work hard to ensure that our unemployment figures hold only for a short period of time, because the longer the period of time that it holds is the more dire the straits will be,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 19, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “It is that of the 18 countries of the Caricom area, some 15 have tourism dependence of 30 per cent and more. When I went through the listing it pained me, because it showed the contributions of tourism to the, GDP (Gross Domestic Product) of these countries, the highest one, of course, being the Virgin Islands with 73.1 per cent (Jamaica is at 34.7 per cent),” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, April 19, 2020 8:24:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The accumulative revenue that we forego for that six-month period, which will end in September of the year, will be J$9.7 million. This will give you some level of reprieve and hopefully help with the cash-flow situation for a number of our partners,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 18, 2020 1:46:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The panel that we have established is a very eminent one, which includes some of the best minds in the cruise sector and we are hoping to have them begin to work, as early as next Monday [April 20]. This will allow us to start putting protocols in place and begin engaging with our partners, to get that sector back on track as quickly as possible,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 18, 2020 1:46:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The long awaited Tourism Workers Pension Scheme has reached another milestone. We can now announce that we have an Investment Manager, which is Sagicor and finalising arrangements with a Fund -Administrator. Additionally $250 million of the $1 billion from the Ministry’s injection has been disbursed to seed the fund to ensure these workers have a pension,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 16, 2020 7:51:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The well-being of our workers in the industry remains a priority for us at the Ministry of Tourism. We are forging ahead with this scheme because we want to ensure that after the coronavirus (COVID-19) has passed, the pension programme will be in place,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 16, 2020 7:51:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “Indeed, these types of load factors would be in line with a phased resumption of the travel and tourist industry,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 15, 2020 10:32:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “Tourism has to be the first out of the box,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 13, 2020 3:35:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “We have always thought that travel and tourism could be affected but never halted, and now we have come face to face with that reality,” “It immediately makes the point that an economy can be disrupted in a moment and in the twinkling of an eye. If the situation continues, it means zero employment, zero foreign exchange from that source, and, of course, total discontinuation of linkages to the other sectors of the economy” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 12, 2020 10:40:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The tourism industry is being prepared, firstly with public education, so that every single person in the industry is going to be aware of what this Coronavirus is about. We will be using all sorts of public relations [strategies] to get the messages across. It’s about educating in terms of hygienic practices…the whole business of washing your hands and ensuring that you don’t touch your face, and when you cough what you do,” External link

caribbean360 Saturday, April 11, 2020 8:01:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are in constant dialogue with the market and the consensus is that we have to ready ourselves for the recovery. We have to put plans in place where we are not caught off guard when that day comes ... ,” “We also have to remain optimistic, and where confidence can be restored as quickly as possible” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 10, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett argued : “What this means is we are not unaccustomed to global disruptions that have come in various forms – economic recessions, climatic events, terrorism, and pandemics, among others. We are faced with the tough decisions on how we will survive this difficult period, and that means devising strategies to be more resilient,” “Tourism, like all other sectors globally, is facing an unprecedented time in history as we grapple with the novel COVID-19 pandemic. According to UNWTO data, an expected fall of between 20 and 30 per cent could translate into a decline in international tourism receipts (exports) of between US$300 billion and 450 billion, almost one-third of the US$ 1.5 trillion generated in 2019,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 10, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This donation is very important to us because the tourism industry is a critical part of the whole recovery programme for COVID-19. We are impacted greatly by it, as you know, but we also must be a central part of the management and recovery activities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 10, 2020 9:48:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “It has become clear, that the pathway for the tourism recovery is being laid – it begins with the workers of the industry. I am proud to say that my Government has made the first and important move, to secure the well-being of the workers in the tourism industry and also for all workers of Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 10, 2020 2:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “What we all want to do is to get this (COVID-19) situation behind us as early as possible, so we are grateful for the help from our partners,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 7, 2020 10:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “We are talking with the market, and the market is not as pessimistic as some people think,” “There are some green shoots that are emerging. Bookings, for example, for May and June are still very strong. People have not gone and say we are going to cancel for those months. Yes, there are cancellations for March … also for April … but when you look at May and June, nobody is saying that we are going to cancel for those months and onwards” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 6, 2020 10:00:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This is very important to us, as we know that the world is going to change after COVID-19. We know that there is going to be new paradigms that will emerge,” “We know also that there are going to be new markets that are going to emerge and some of the demographics that now drive the tourism experience are going to change,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, April 3, 2020 7:44:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “Indeed, the adjustments we are now being forced to make, in terms of shifting to remote services and working remotely, will become the new normal, underpinning the ethos of public- and private-sector organisations in many countries in the post-COVID-19 era,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 31, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Everybody who used to be working from the 10th of March to now and they get laid off, they would fall within that group to get support,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 29, 2020 8:42:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “With the closure of our borders and general measures instituted to reduce the spread of the disease, tourism has come to a halt leaving many workers and businesses displaced. In my meeting yesterday, held via teleconference, with heads of various craft associations, i had fruitful discussions on the way forward and highlighted some of the financial arrangements being put in place to help these vendors,” External link

repeatingislands Sunday, March 29, 2020 1:53:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am aware of the severe difficulties being encountered by our suppliers and recently devised, with my colleague Minister of Finance, a grant of 1.2 billion dollars to businesses operating in tourism and related sectors,” External link

repeatingislands Sunday, March 29, 2020 1:53:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Partnerships at the local, regional and global levels are critical at this stage to help manage this disease, and this is just one such example,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 25, 2020 9:32:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “In fact the entire world is following that position [closing markets for travel]. It is proven that the optimal way to deal with the virus now is to prevent the movement of [people] from one location to the other,” External link

ibtimes Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:43:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This is a difficult time; we all understand what is happening in the global space and that tourism is the first casualty because of how vulnerable we are to travel. However, the government is taking steps to ensure that there is a cash grant to each person who has lost his or her job as a result of COVID-19,” “The resilience of tourism makes it able to recover very quickly and grow and do much better than other industries” External link

ibtimes Tuesday, March 24, 2020 9:43:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett argued : “In fact the entire world is following that position (closing markets for travel); it is proven that the optimal way to deal with the virus now is to prevent the movement of the vectors from one location to the other,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 20, 2020 11:32:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The reduction for the month of March is ... indicating a global softness overall, and Jamaica is not immune from that, which was not unexpected. We know that the nature of what is happening all across the world is going to mean that there will be significant fallout,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 14, 2020 9:26:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We’re still showing growth over last year but the reduction for the month of March is about 16 per cent. That is indicating a global softness overall and Jamaica is not immune from that, which was not unexpected. We know that the nature of what is happening all across the world is going to mean that there will be significant fallout,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 14, 2020 12:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We know that there will be adjustments here and there but the way in which we are operating and the discussions that the Ministry of Finance and the industry are having, we are satisfied that there will be a cushion to enable a minimal fallout from employment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, March 14, 2020 12:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : "Our new approach to tourism comes at a time when we are experiencing an increasingly challenging global tourism arena with competition from emerging destinations, shifting travel patterns and volatile economic conditions," "Nevertheless, fierce competition offers new opportunities. It forces us to rethink old ways of doing things. It forces us to innovate" External link

finanznachrichten-en Wednesday, March 11, 2020 1:07:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “These are big markets, particularly Germany, and as we speak, there are 800 passengers from there en route to Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 11, 2020 9:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We now have a coffee festival, a rum festival and we are soon to have a chocolate festival. The three will come together to create that festival product which we will market together with rooms and air seats,” “Jamaica’s history has provided these wonderful cultural assets and it cannot be ignored. We must resurrect the value that Jamaica’s chocolate had in the past,” External link

repeatingislands Wednesday, March 11, 2020 3:58:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Having authentic Jamaican products elevated to the level where you can showcase and celebrate is really what drives people to visit,” External link

repeatingislands Wednesday, March 11, 2020 3:58:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Our reality is that cruise tourism in the Caribbean represents over 80 per cent of global cruisers, indeed we are the largest and most profitable warm weather destination on earth. The largest demographic of cruise and land-base visitors to the Caribbean would fall in the age cohort of health risk and vulnerable travellers and consequently we are likely to see a big dip in the arrivals and earnings,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 9, 2020 11:53:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The result could be thousands of Caribbean and Jamaican workers unemployed and huge haemorrhage to the economy. These prospects are worst than any other disruptions the world has seen in the past 50 years,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 9, 2020 11:53:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Tourism, though extremely vulnerable to global disruptions, is the most resilient of all industries and has the greatest capacity for quick recovery and exponential growth as we have seen after SARS in 2002/3, 9/11 , and the recession of 2008/9,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 9, 2020 11:53:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explains : “The executives from Karisma later came and held further discussions with us, following which their board of directors also held their first meeting at Round Hill and they outlined their plans to expand in the Jamaican market. Following the JLP’s loss of the 2011 election, the talks continued under the Portia Simpson Miller administration and the land was purchased in Llandovery (St Ann) for the resort,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 6, 2020 9:05:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We have set an aggressive target for Italy of 20,000 by 2021 and our tour operators' partners, including Alpitour World, are critical to achieving those numbers. Last year we grew the Italian market by 44.5 per cent over the last two years, bringing roughly 14,000 Italians to Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “We are very conscious [as – Ed.] we monitor the markets every day and we are in touch with our partners and we will see when the shakings begin and adapt to it accordingly ... there is going to be some softening. We are watching to see how March operates, particularly because it has Spring Break and the carnivals and so on. This is a very important month for us to watch to see how the trends go,” External link

thedailyherald Thursday, March 5, 2020 12:16:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “As it stands now, bookings are showing a holding pattern. But we know that that is not likely to prevail within the next two to three months,” External link

jis Thursday, March 5, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “As it stands now, bookings are showing a holding pattern. But we know that that is not likely to prevail within the next two to three months,” External link

jis Thursday, March 5, 2020 11:03:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The budget this year reflects overall the intention to enable growth, but this new projection will achieve a flat rate of growth of 1.1 per cent over last year,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 4, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We have searched long and hard for a formula that can provide affordable housing for our workers, and we are proud of the policy shift that the prime minister has announced with regard to the NHT menu of benefits, which will see an increase in loan limit, reduced interest rates on NHT mortgages, intergenerational mortgages, and an increase in construction loan limit for NHT lots,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 4, 2020 9:12:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We will have a better sense of how things are looking down the road” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 4, 2020 9:05:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “We are very conscious (as) we monitor the markets every day and we are in touch with our partners and we will see when the shakings begin and adapt to it accordingly... there is going to be some softening. We are watching to see how March operates, particularly because it has spring break and the carnivals and so on. This is a very important month for us to watch to see how the trends go,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 4, 2020 9:05:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “The housing conditions of hotel workers is of particular concern to me. In fact, a recent survey indicated that over 88 per cent of the workers in the sector cannot even access NHT housing solutions,” “Subsequently, we have searched long and hard for a formula that can provide affordable housing for our workers, and we are proud of the policy shift that the prime minister has announced with regards to the NHT menu of benefits, which will see an increase in loan limit, reduced interest rates on NHT mortgages, intergenerational mortgages, and an increase in construction loan limit for NHT lots,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 3, 2020 8:23:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am extremely pleased that after all the hard work of the senior technocrats of my Ministry along with the Board of Trustees, registration for the scheme will begin on March 27...this is truly tourism working for all,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 2, 2020 11:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This is the time for all tourism workers to feel confident that at the end of their years of service in the sector they love, that they can have a guaranteed pension to take care of themselves,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 2, 2020 11:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about St Ann ) : “It’s perhaps the longest gestation period that a development facility has had in many, many years; and because it has taken us so long to have it, we’re now satisfied that everything is in place for it to move with alacrity, with speed, and also to accomplish that which it is designed to do; and what it is designed to do is to reimagine the parish of St Ann,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, March 2, 2020 9:27:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about British ) : “I am truly honoured to be inducted in the prestigious British Travel Hall of Fame and I accept on behalf of my beautiful island home, Jamaica and my hard-working team,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, March 1, 2020 8:09:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “The housing conditions of hotel workers is of particular concern to me. In fact, a recent survey indicated that over 88 per cent of the workers in the sector cannot even access NHT housing solutions,” “Subsequently, we have searched long and hard for a formula that can provide affordable housing for our workers, and we are proud of the policy shift that the Prime Minister has announced with regards to the NHT menu of benefits, which will see an increase in loan limit, reduced interest rates on NHT mortgages, intergenerational mortgages, and an increase in construction loan limit for NHT lots,” External link

jis Friday, February 28, 2020 8:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The whole idea is to replicate this across the areas where there are clusters of hotels. So while we may not be able, initially, to supply all the needs of the industry by way of food, we certainly can create a serious dent in the niche of what you call farm-to-table, that is, the organic food that the hotels are craving these days,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Mr Hofer ) : “We are turning that notion on its head. The hotels are saying, we will buy from you if you are there. It’s more cost-effective; there is no freight; no insurance, packaging and all these additional things. And it comes farm-fresh, and you can literally walk across the road with the supplies, as is the case here in Lilliput where Mr Hofer (Iberostar’s director general) is,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 28, 2020 9:00:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett remarked : “Falmouth is going places. We are working on some things that are going to be out of sight in terms of where this town is going to be in the next five to 10 years,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “So the branding for this artisan village, for example, is going to have 'Falmouth Artisan',” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “This facility, which began construction just a little under three years ago, is now in the final stage of execution,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 8, 2020 11:41:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This gazetted date sets the stage for the Board of Trustees to conclude the arrangements with the fund manager and the fund administrator. The framework for the development of regulations is now underway” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 5, 2020 8:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “The regulations will allow for 180 days period for the Augmented Pensions Beneficiaries. After we have designated that, those people will have the opportunity to register. Once they have registered, they will be on, and the programme begins with earnest with the ordinary members” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 5, 2020 8:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This sets the stage now for the Board of Trustees to proceed to conclude arrangements with the fund manager and administrator,” External link

jis Tuesday, February 4, 2020 5:24:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This gazetted date sets the stage for the Board of Trustees to conclude the arrangements with the fund manager and the fund administrator. The framework for the development of regulations is now underway and I am hoping to take this to Parliament tomorrow, but if not, certainly within the first few sittings within the new parliamentary year, ” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, February 4, 2020 1:03:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “At this point, the main focus of the global response to the coronavirus threat is to prevent further exposure beyond the currently affected areas as well as to isolate infected persons from uninfected populations,” “Accomplishing these two targets will require the mobilisation of significant human, technological, and financial resources to establish reliable systems to monitor, evaluate, and isolate risks, especially at the various points of entry” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 3, 2020 10:12:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “While the Latin American and Caribbean region has not yet reported any cases of the coronavirus, it is only logical to assume that the virus is likely to hit the region’s shores at any moment now, considering its current geographical spread and trajectory,” External link

caycompass Monday, February 3, 2020 1:16:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “While the Latin Ameri-can and Caribbean region has not yet reported any cases of the coronavirus, it is only logical to assume that the virus is likely to hit the region’s shores at any moment now, considering its current geographical spread and trajectory,” External link

stabroeknews Sunday, February 2, 2020 9:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “While the Latin American and Caribbean region has not yet reported any cases of the coronavirus, it is only logical to assume that the virus is likely to hit the region’s shores at any moment now, considering its current geographical spread and trajectory,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, February 1, 2020 8:48:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I have been having extensive discussions with Royal Caribbean lines about getting Falmouth back on track, and re-establishing the western Caribbean itinerary that would include Labadee in Haiti and Cayman, on the presumption that Cayman would build a port large enough to accommodate these mega vessels,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 29, 2020 9:16:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “As soon as the fund manager has been appointed, J$250 million will be disbursed to seed the fund from the Tourism Enhancement Fund so that if workers who have contributed for only five years and reach their retirement age of 65 will get the same pension as if they contributed for 25 or 30 years,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 24, 2020 7:49:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett disclosed : “This conference is going to look very seriously at models and best practices from different countries on how structures, systems, ideas have come together to build capacity in different places and to help us in the Caribbean in terms of dealing with these seismic dramatic events which are now part of our reality. We have to get a better understanding overall of how the future of tourism is going to be configured,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 18, 2020 9:25:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We’re honoured to partner with this initiative and make Jamaica Rum Festival a leading product. Rum is a critical asset which is a part of the heart and the soul of the people” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 17, 2020 9:55:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The best part of our success is in the retention increase that we have had in the dollar,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 17, 2020 9:01:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noting : “Japanese companies have already invested in, for example, our tourism, energy and automotive sectors. We would welcome further collaborations with Japan” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 15, 2020 8:54:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted ( about Danny Cowart ) : “Bloomberg Media, for example, is considered one of the largest global media companies in existence today, reaching a premium audience of 62 million across multiple platforms – digital, television, radio, print, and live events,” “And what can we say about CNN? It reaches some 90 million households in the US and reportedly more than 384 million households worldwide through its CNN International,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, January 14, 2020 9:10:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are very excited to welcome visitors to a brand new cruise port and will ensure that they have a safe, seamless and secure experience,” “By declaring Port Royal as a prescribed area, we will be better able to make this investment sustainable and ensure that the sector continues to thrive” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 12, 2020 10:17:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted ( about Danny Cowart ) : “Bloomberg Media, for example, is considered one of the largest global media companies in existence today, reaching a premium audience of 62 million across multiple platforms – digital, television, radio, print and live events,” “And what can we say about CNN? It reaches some 90 million households in the US and reportedly more than 384 million households worldwide through its CNN International,” External link

jis Friday, January 10, 2020 10:08:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “So 4,000 cruisers and 1,700 crew will arrive… and they will all get a cup of our Jamaican coffee,” External link

jis Friday, January 10, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “So 4,000 cruisers and 1,700 crew will arrive… and they will all get a cup of our Jamaican coffee,” External link

jis Friday, January 10, 2020 5:23:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “So, when we got into government, it was already coming down the pipeline that between 2018 and 2020 Falmouth would not be getting the volumes determined by that contractual agreement, although the head tax was still paid,” “Since we have been in government, we have been working to try to fill the gap with other vessels coming into Falmouth, to reduce the overall downturn in the volume which resulted from the previous Government's decision,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 6, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “In the meantime, I have been having very extensive discussions with Royal Caribbean Lines about getting Falmouth back on track, and re-establishing the western Caribbean itinerary that would include Labadee in Haiti and Cayman, on the presumption that Cayman would build a port large enough to accommodate these mega vessels,” “The itinerary of Falmouth, Labadee and Cayman would become, arguably, the most lucrative itinerary in the world, and the projections are that more than two million visitors would then come to Falmouth on an annual basis,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, January 6, 2020 10:10:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are not going after direct taxation to impact the hosts who are, by and large, the small entrepreneurs of our country who are making the inclusiveness of tourism something real,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 6, 2020 9:19:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Tourism has served and will continue to serve as an excellent arm of public diplomacy. Jamaicans, including in the diaspora, are on-the-ground and brand ambassadors for our beautiful island, as we often are the first point of reference for authentic Jamaica to visitors. We must discharge this responsibility with pride,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 4, 2020 8:48:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This achievement rests on the shoulders of our partners and stakeholders whose support was indispensable to the process. I am grateful for the team at the ministry, its agencies and all our partners and stakeholders for their contribution, and look forward to enhancing these partnerships in the coming year and decade,” “These partnerships will be even more important in advancing our vision and mission of seamless safety, security and sustainability for the coming year, as we implement several key initiatives such as the historic tourism pension scheme, the artisan village in Trelawny; expansion of markets into Asia; additional room stocks for tourists and housing solutions for tourism workers, and continued investment in human capital,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 4, 2020 8:48:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “We initially thought this December would be a little soft because December traditionally is a big month and last December was a huge month, but we are now growing at 8.8 per cent so far and that is to the 21st [of December] and the big week of Christmas is now happening and then another big week for the new years,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 30, 2019 2:45:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “What we are saying then is because of how this year has developed momentum in terms of stopover... and stopover is where the earnings are... and that's why we are growing faster in earnings than any destination in the Caribbean. We are up 10.3 per cent in earnings and the fact is in the three-and-a-half years that we have been in Government we have almost doubled the earnings in tourism because when I took over as minister we were earning US $2 billion. We are now at US$3.7 billion going to be US$3.8 billion. We are expecting that next year of course we will do US$4 billion,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, December 30, 2019 2:45:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “Island states such as Jamaica rely heavily on air connectivity. The problem with us in the Caribbean is that we don't know each other, we're not connected enough with each other and because we lack that principle element of strong air connectivity. [This] inaugural flight to Cayman by Caribbean Airlines is expanding its range of connectivity and helping to sunder those dividing elements that prevents us from connecting and 300 additional seats to Jamaica with two rotations for the week will add significantly, even though it seems small, to the growing number of seats that are coming with other smaller airlines that are emerging within the region,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 29, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “In terms of the 5 by 5 growth strategy, we are well ahead of the curve. We projected to grow at 5 per cent and we're growing at 9 per cent now. We projected to increase our revenue by a similar percentage and we're at 10.3 per cent so we're doubling our projection in terms of revenue and we're almost doubled in terms of arrivals,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, December 29, 2019 9:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Like other satellite centres, this one in Nepal will focus on regional issues and will share information in Nano time with the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre. They will then ­function as think tanks to develop ­possible solutions,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 28, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “We are in an age where tourism is still susceptible to many global ­disruptions that span climatic events like hurricanes, terrorism, and ­cybercrime. Many countries are ­heavily dependent on tourism, especially the Caribbean, and as such, we must safeguard its future by building resilience. This is why the GTRCMC and satellite centres are critical to the industry at this time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, December 28, 2019 9:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “It is through your knowledge of destination Jamaica, professionalism, and exceptional service that you design the perfect trip as stress-free as possible. The management of Trafalgar Travel must be applauded for the strategic vision to begin selling your expertise to the corporate clientele. You were also the first to introduce private airport pickup service and the first to open for full business on a Saturday,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, December 27, 2019 9:57:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “What I saw just walking around tells me about the richness of the potential of our people to produce really valuable items, and also it tells me how wide the creative horizon is, and how much they are tapping into it to come up with new products and new designs,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 25, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “As soon as the fund manager has been appointed, 250 million will be disbursed to seed the fund so that if workers have contributed for only 5 years and reach their retirement age of 65 they will get a guaranteed minimum pension,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 19, 2019 5:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This landmark Tourism Workers’ Pension Scheme is a carefully strategised arrangement that forms part of the Ministry’s overall human capital development strategy in the sector. The pension scheme is the final cap in that strategy to ensure a social security safety net for our workers at retirement,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, December 19, 2019 5:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “We got the report from an audit that was done, and from the audit, the manual is being done. I was hoping that it would be ready for the start of the season,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, December 16, 2019 11:27:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The future of tourism is predicated on technology and this move today which is a continuation of the development of a smarter tourism experience and particularly, smarter airport arrangements to facilitate seamlessness in visitor entry experience in our destination” External link

stabroeknews Monday, December 16, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The future of tourism is predicated on technology and this move today which is a continuation of the development of a smarter tourism experience and particularly, smarter airport arrangements to facilitate seamlessness in visitor entry experience in our destination” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:10:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Most importantly, we must equip our citizens with the competitive business management and marketing skills that are required to operate successful tourism enterprises in this globalised era,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:20:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “Hotel rooms are not our only source of accommodation. We still have villas and apartments doing well and you would have heard of a disruptive force in travel and hospitality called Airbnb. They have become major players in the non-traditional tourism market and now ordinary Jamaicans are cashing in by opening their homes to accommodate a growing wave of visitors who prefer the unique experience of vacationing with families,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, December 6, 2019 9:28:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “I met with the [Peruvian] minister of tourism and we discussed multi-destination tourism. We discussed it in the context of what really needs to continue to happen in the region to enable access from emerging markets in particular that are far away and people who have longer vacation time and require multiple experiences,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, December 4, 2019 10:30:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated ( about Uruguay Paraguay ) : “We have LATAM starting with three, and on my discussion this [Monday] morning, three are going to be too few. So we are anticipating very shortly daily from Lima, Peru — but that connection is not just about Peru, although it is LATAM Peru that is flying here today. But it really is connecting Brazil in a big way; is connecting Chile in a big way, is connecting Argentina in a big way; it's connecting with Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador and Bolivia. We are excited that we are now truly connected with South America,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:36:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are going to play the role of being partners in creating one package and so the discussions are going to continue with the JTB and the tourism authorities in Peru, along with the JHTA, for us to develop these packages that will sell one destination with many experiences. We can sell China and we can sell Japan, we can sell Africa, and we can sell all of Eastern Europe and elsewhere, but more importantly, we can sell the rest of South America. So you can go to Peru, enjoy two nights, and come to Jamaica and spend a week. And it is a single fare that you pay and as for the hoteliers it is single package that will be provided,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 4, 2019 9:36:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “The north-east region that you are flying out of now, for us is our strong performer. As a matter of fact, the summer period — May to September 2019 — from the US market, we recorded a 9.3 per cent increase in arrivals with 785,000 visitors compared to the 718,000 [visitors] last year [during the corresponding period]. And that is the US at it's best for Jamaica. As long as we grow out of the US, we will continue to dominate growing. The truth is that the north-eastern outpaced all the rest of America and grew by 13.3 per cent for Jamaica [during the same period],” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 25, 2019 12:22:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “The north-east region that you are flying out of now, for us is our strong performer. As a matter of fact, the summer period — May to September 2019 — from the US market, we recorded a 9.3 per cent increase in arrivals with 785,000 visitors compared to the 718,000 [visitors] last year [during the corresponding period]. And that is the US at it's best for Jamaica. As long as we grow out of the US, we will continue to dominate growing. The truth is that the north-eastern outpaced all the rest of America and grew by 13.3 per cent for Jamaica [during the same period],” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 25, 2019 12:22:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “To see his growth and ­progression in politics and national life is really something of great importance, ­particularly to those who have been close to him over the years. I say that with a lot of love and happiness because he is deserving,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 22, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Tourism is about people meeting people, interacting with people, and enjoying the presence of people and being happy in the presence of people,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 22, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “In recent years, we have seen a phenomenal growth in the establishment of spas, both in and outside of hotels,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 22, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “American Airlines has made Jamaica the most connected airline in the English-speaking Caribbean since 2010,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 22, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Because of American Airlines, we are connected to 225 destinations throughout the United States … connecting passengers from places we would otherwise have problems with and bringing them to our beautiful island. It’s not a stretch to say we owe American Airlines a great debt of gratitude,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 22, 2019 9:38:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We have created an encouraging climate for investment, which has led to a keen interest by leading global and local brands. H10 is just one of them and we are very encouraged by the speed of development,” “We continue to focus on growing our earnings per visitor and striving to retain more of those earnings in Jamaica; we are creating business opportunities and generating improvements in the competitiveness of our tourism product; and we are building out the supporting infrastructure, which is vital to a sustainable tourism sector” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 22, 2019 9:08:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “It is going to require a better road [network] system. It’s going to require expansion, indeed, perhaps the building of a new airport in Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 18, 2019 10:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “So I am putting you on notice that the industry is at its crescendo point and we are at the cusp of a new day and a level of development like we have never seen before – prepare yourselves for it, get the investment arrangements together, Government will deal with the regulatory and the policy arrangements,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 18, 2019 10:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This has been a long-awaited announcement and I am pleased that with all the necessary approvals granted this mega project will begin to get on the way,” “We are excited as this addition of rooms will ensure we remain on target to securing 15,000 rooms by 2021, bring more visitors, and create more jobs” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 18, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Jamaica is hot and the investment conference here is indicative of that. We have never had this aggregation of serious investment prospects congregated in one place for a long time in Jamaica. So we are comfortable that the investment opportunities are not only about hotel rooms. This is a good thing that now we are looking at people wanting to invest on the supply side,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 18, 2019 9:24:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett outlined : “For the next budget. I will have to review the 5x5x5 objective. We are now 4.4 million arrivals… [and] by next year we would have passed the five (million mark). When the cruise development comes, which is a whole new game to talk about in terms of what Falmouth will look like in 2022 to 2023, we are expecting to double the arrivals for cruise. We are expecting to see two million arrivals in Falmouth alone,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 17, 2019 10:46:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “No single award has meant more to me than this award I have received tonight,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 17, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Tourism is now a real industry where people are being trained and certified in it and are earning an income from it,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 17, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This announcement today is the culmination of all the developmental and approval processes that had gone into finally making the Sugar Cane Bay project a reality in Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 16, 2019 9:16:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “There will be opportunities that we have never seen before for our local farmers.There will be more tourists coming, and they will have to be fed,” “This is one of the primary reasons why we have formed linkages … . This is one of the primary reasons why we have been working with all our local partners where we can position ourselves to capitalise on all these opportunities” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 15, 2019 9:42:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “This truly is a momentous day for Jamaica and for faith-based tourism. Since 2010, this is the largest, single grouping of Christian visitors who have come to Jamaica. Today, 1,800 visitors came from all walks of life, from several countries across the world,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 13, 2019 8:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Just a single posting about Jamaica on his page is going to be seen by 16 million people. The invitation, therefore, is huge, and the implications are equally huge for growth and development for our industry to begin with,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 13, 2019 8:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “It is projected that by the end of this year, the island will welcome 4.303 million visitors and earn US$3.7 billion. That’s approximately 700,000 more visitors in the last three years and almost double the earnings in the same period,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, November 9, 2019 8:38:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about British ) : “This arrangement forms part of our overall strategy to ensure that we continue to mitigate the impact of this fallout. We have already met with all our key partners, our three major airlines – Tui, Virgin, and British Airways – and we have completely restored all the seats that would have been lost for the period,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, November 8, 2019 12:57:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “In only three years, we have either achieved some of our targets or we are close to achieving others. We are way ahead of projections and should easily achieve the 5x5x5 by 2021,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 7, 2019 8:58:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett 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,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 6, 2019 9:55:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett 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,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 5, 2019 7:00:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “On behalf of all of the Government of Jamaica, I would like to offer my condolences to the family and close friends of Peter Morrow, during this very difficult time. We are deeply saddened by this news and extend my deepest sympathies, especially to his brother Eric,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 5, 2019 7:00:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “That will go a long way in helping us to further build out the South American market, which, right now, is the fastest growing for Jamaica, at some 23 per cent at this time,” External link

caribbean360 Friday, October 25, 2019 12:34:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Normally, you would talk about academic and some guy with a big PhD from some prestigious university, but we said no the person that should head that school is somebody who is a knowledgeable practitioner in the industry with the academic background,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:36:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “I hear some people doing PhD and all kinds of things these days, probably working to become a professor of practice in the business. The school will be headed by somebody who is not only qualified academically, but also understands the business,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:36:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are going to come to the JHTA to ask them to work with us in the curriculum development,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 22, 2019 9:36:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “We are well on our way to ensuring the scheme becomes operational. The Governor General has given his assent and I have just recently established the Board of Trustees which met earlier this week,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 17, 2019 8:59:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “The JCTI has moved into the industry and has been training and providing certification with the American Hotel and Lodging Institute and the American Culinary Foundation, that has so far seen nearly 640 competent workers within the industry at the hotels,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:45:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Ian [Kerr], in his remarks, spoke about the quality of the workers in the industry and the need for a higher level of certified and qualified staff to take the senior position in the industry, and I share his position; but I want to emphasise that this is what was behind our new human capital policy, to begin with, and strategy that we have implemented,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:45:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The second tier was what happened with Heart Trust/NTA, and the building out of entry-level certification for workers in the industry in almost every area,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, October 17, 2019 6:45:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “As a matter of fact, he is in London now…making contact with other partners such as TUI…and to make sure that Condor [Airlines] is going to fly and that they are not going to [experience a] fallout, even though they are connected with Thomas Cook,” External link

caribbean360 Tuesday, October 8, 2019 4:26:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about British ) : “The fallout that we expect will be minimal in terms of the six rotations that are immediate. The way we look at it is that they will be rebooking with some of the other carriers like Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, and so on. That would minimise that fallout, so instead of the 1,800, we could recoup about 900,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, September 30, 2019 11:26:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We cannot measure tourism success solely by profits and record visitor arrivals. The sector's true success lies in a broad-based initiative that drives economic growth and social well-being that benefit the Jamaican people. These programmes are essential to sustainable, long-term development in the sector,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, September 29, 2019 9:57:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “The good news really is that we have been able to increase rotations, and in short order, we will be making a full announcement as to the number of new seats that we will have for the winter season,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, September 27, 2019 9:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Thomas Cooke ) : “As a matter of fact, he (Donovan White) is in London now… making contact with other partners such as TUI… and to make sure that Condor [Airlines] is going to fly and that they are not going to [experience a] fallout, even though they are connected with Thomas Cooke,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:46:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The fallout that we expect will be minimal in terms of the six rotations that are immediate. The way we look at it is that they will be rebooking with some of the other carriers like Virgin Atlantic, British Airways, and so on. That would minimise that fallout, so instead of the 1,800, we could recoup about 900,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I don’t know all the circumstances, but I know enough to appreciate that the tourist industry has grown exponentially over the years, and so has the technology, which has played an increasingly significant role not only in the emerging business model but the experiences that visitors are now consuming, so if you don’t change with the times, you will be left behind,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We have already taken steps particularly to deal with the 10 flights out of the Nordics, and that should be covered hopefully by TUI, and also those that will be coming out of Germany, and, of course, some, too, will be coming out of Canada,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 25, 2019 10:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “The potential overall fallout would be somewhere in the region of 8,000 visitors, covering all of Europe and Canada. And, the potential loss in revenue would be about US$10 million,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 24, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “We are taking proactive steps to deal with the situation. I am heading to London tomorrow (today)... and will be meeting with our partners and tour operators to mitigate the impact and, in fact, to establish the infrastructure for not just a reversal of that fallout, but to increase arrivals for the winter season,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 24, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Customers will be brought home to the UK on special free flights or booked on to another scheduled airline at no extra cost,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 24, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Customers will be brought home to the UK on special free flights or booked on to another scheduled airline at no extra cost,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, September 24, 2019 9:13:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The appointment of the Board of Trustees will take us one step closer to making the Tourism Workers Pension Act (2019) come to life and speaks to the Government’s commitment to human capital development. This Pension Scheme will secure the safety, future and social requirements of the people who work in tourism,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 24, 2019 2:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “The impact on our tourism industry will be huge because they have long-staying guests averaging 14 days. When you multiply that, it is a couple hundred million dollars,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, September 24, 2019 12:07:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about St Ann ) : “The government of Jamaica has finalised the sale of lands in Salem, St Ann, with hotel developers from Karisma, for the construction of 3,000 rooms in several phases,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “The first of these phases will commence later this year with the construction of 700 rooms,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “We are creating products to enhance Jamaica’s appeal to the growing experiential tourism market,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Our accommodation sector is booming, creating a quality and diverse mix to suit the taste of both local and international visitors,” “At the same time, these new hotel developments are fuelling sector growth” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, September 12, 2019 9:45:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am very proud of the continued improved positioning of Jamaica's tourism product globally and particularly the recent Bloom Consulting positioning, which has given Jamaica a premiere place in the Americas,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 7, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am particularly pleased that we are included in this list for our economic performance. I am extremely pleased that our earnings have grown exponentially and whilst we make projections for US$5 billion over five years, we are seeing the kind of increases that makes us feel confident that we will achieve those targets,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, September 7, 2019 6:53:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “That is good news, especially in light of the fact that the South American market has shown the highest level of growth for this year, so far. I think they are growing somewhere in the region of 22 to 24 per cent,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 4, 2019 6:49:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “We are moving now to get to our partners cruise lines, big hotels, big airlines and tour operators who are beneficiaries from tourism and who can in fact provide resource support, to enable recovery in countries that are vulnerable,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:22:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “I feel this is my responsibility to bring to the attention of the General Assembly the difficulties that our member country is now facing as a result of the hurricane and to coordinate the response initiative which the UNWTO and its affiliates may offer,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “You will see that shopping, proportionally, will be in the region of one per cent. From extrapolation, it’s about US$200 million. We have to increase that significantly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 4, 2019 9:19:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This is contribution based on employment, so if you are not working, you cannot make a contribution. However, it doesn’t change the fact that you have an account with money in it and that you are a member of the pension scheme. So, you pick up after you start working again and you contribute,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 26, 2019 11:54:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This year, we are spending a total of $10 million to provide those grants and support as well as the books for the PEP [Primary Exit Profile exam] students, uniform support in the usual way and ancillary support,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, August 26, 2019 9:05:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “This feature is possible because the Government decided to put $1 billion from the Tourism Enhancement Fund into the scheme to seed the fund and create a base, so that those who have been contributors for only five years can still get a pension that is equal to a minimum of $200,000 a year,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, August 17, 2019 11:11:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : "We recall the recession of 2008 that impacted economies globally and recognize the need to strategise in light of data and trends. Despite this global recession, Jamaica's tourism grew by an average 3.5 per cent and we will need to learn from those lessons," External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 16, 2019 2:09:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett argued ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “The possibility of a global economic downturn can have a devastating impact on not only Jamaica's tourism but the region's tourism. Coupled with this potential threat is now the impending influx of sargassum on our shores. What this means is that we must act decisively and swiftly to collaborate on the best way forward to get ahead of these threats,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 16, 2019 2:09:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “To say we are proud that Royal Caribbean has decided to send the Symphony to Jamaica would be putting it mildly,” “Jamaica is a world-class destination with many beautiful beaches, outdoor activities, dining and entertainment options that will provide exciting and memorable experiences for passengers who go on shore,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 16, 2019 1:07:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “So the impact of it is going to enure to the benefit of growth in the economy, as there is going to be an ability to convert savings into investments which, from all indications, represents the ultimate way in which we can create growth,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:23:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett remarked ( about Jamaica Labour ) : “We bought this land years ago in my first iteration as minister of tourism. And, we struggled to find a partner who would take on the construction on a terrain like this, a very challenging terrain. But the issue was not so much to take on the challenge of the terrain, but was to come out at a price point which was affordable to the average persons of Jamaica, but more specifically, to the workers of the tourism industry,” “It is appropriate that we should be building these housing solutions to meet the growing needs and demand that the tourism industry is creating in this area” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, August 11, 2019 8:23:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “I will also be having a series of discussions with potential investors in the area of shopping to look at the building out of mega shopping facilities in Jamaica. One of these discussions will be with one of the largest developers of shopping malls in the United States and there is strong interest in building out such a facility in Montego Bay,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, August 10, 2019 8:00:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are excited that a new frontier beckons us, and that is the African frontier,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 9, 2019 9:54:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are taking a proactive step to ensure that air connectivity between Jamaica and Europe remains robust and consistent given the possibility that our current main gateway from that area – the United Kingdom – may leave the European Union. England’s departure from the EU will impact not just Jamaica but the region and so these discussions are timely and critical,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, August 9, 2019 12:55:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are excited that a new frontier beckons us and that is the African frontier,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 9, 2019 12:10:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “We see an urgent call for greater interaction and connectivity between the people of Kenya and Jamaica that can be fulfilled through tourism and this memorandum of understanding will go a far way in enhancing the opportunity for interaction,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, August 9, 2019 12:10:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
tourism minister33.52%EN12/04/201704/12/2017
minister31.38%EN12/04/201704/12/2017
minister of tourism30.09%EN11/21/201721/11/2017
director1.15%EN04/25/201725/04/2017
education minister0.14%EN01/13/201713/01/2017
current tourism minister0.29%EN10/16/201616/10/2016
président du conseil des membres0.14%FR10/11/201611/10/2016
director of tourism0.14%EN08/29/201629/08/2016
mayor of montego bay0.14%EN08/04/201604/08/2016
president0.14%EN08/04/201604/08/2016
current minister of tourism0.29%EN07/12/201612/07/2016
mp0.43%EN03/28/201428/03/2014
chairman1.72%EN03/23/201423/03/2014
committee chairman0.43%EN10/31/201331/10/2013
Names Lang Count
Edmund BartlettEN99.18%
Edmund BartletES0.27%
Edmund BartletEN0.27%
Edmund BartlettFR0.14%
Edmund BartlettPT0.14%


 
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Delano Seiveright added ( about Edmund Bartlett ) : "Minister Bartlett thanked him for the call and reiterated some of the issue at hand and we look forward to continuing to discuss this situation with JetBlue," External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 17, 2021 1:08:00 AM EAT

Matthew Samuda said ( about Edmund Bartlett ) : “When you look at the resilient corridor that has been put in place and has operated successfully with no outbreak of COVID-19 in the sector, you have to congratulate the Ministry of Tourism, led by Minister [Edmund] Bartlett,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 8, 2021 9:38:00 AM EAT

Delano Seiveright said ( about Edmund Bartlett ) : “Minister Bartlett and other officials have been in direct contact with owners and executives of tourism businesses including hotels, attractions, ground transportation operators and so on as we begin to work through the huge challenges. TUI's moves is by and large a global one as nations essentially restrict non-essential travel thereby virtually bringing to a halt leisure travel,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, March 16, 2020 10:51:00 AM EAT

Delano Seiveright told ( about Edmund Bartlett ) : “They left on scheduled Italian Neos airline flights NO 522 and NO 622 from Montego Bay on Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 29, respectively. Minister [Edmund] Bartlett and his agencies worked closely with authorities here and in Italy to ensure that stringent protocols were followed and that no more Italian visitors are carried in due to travel restrictions imposed by the Ministry of Health” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, March 6, 2020 8:21:00 AM EAT

T D Jakes said ( about Edmund Bartlett ) : “I want to thank you, Minister [Bartlett], for this hospitality and the prime minister also for bringing us and making this possible for us to engage and have a conversation. We brought the people here because we love Jamaica, we love the Jamaican people, we love the culture, and, yes, we'll admit, we love the food,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 13, 2019 8:59:00 AM EAT

Omar Robinson told ( about Edmund Bartlett ) : “Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has been at the fore of efforts to mobilise global support for the recovery efforts through the United Nations World Tourism Organization and the [centre],” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, September 11, 2019 7:09:00 PM EAT

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Edmund Bartlett said : “I am delighted to welcome cruise back to the tourism capital of Jamaica – Montego Bay. I am certain that this will be a welcome move for our stakeholders, especially our small and medium tourism enterprises, who earn significantly from cruise passengers. We certainly look forward to welcoming Carnival passengers to our shores and assure them that this will be a memorable but very safe experience,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 1, 2021 5:42:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : "Within the Resilient Corridors, travellers will be able to tour facilities and participate in pre-arranged excursions. Our first objective was, and continues to be, instilling confidence in travellers. We want our visitors to feel comfortable and secure when they visit us while also ensuring that their experiences are enjoyable and that our vivid Jamaican personality shines through," External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, December 1, 2021 5:42:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “I think that we are going to continue to appreciate the effort to manage this whole virus by iteration. And each iteration will come with its own challenges, but also its own opportunities. And, as a destination, Jamaica’s eyes are always on the opportunities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 29, 2021 8:30:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Our intention is to ensure that Jamaica gets three million cruise passengers by 2025. We have built out the infrastructure, and we are going to do further work in the marketplace in order to accomplish this important objective,” “The energy that both the Jamaica Tourist Board and JAMVAC will be putting into the market will be to position Jamaica, not just as a Caribbean destination of choice, but a destination that is attractive to people in Europe in particular, as well as Asia and the Middle East,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 29, 2021 1:19:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Swedish ) : “We are delighted with VING's decision to resume direct flights to Jamaica next winter. We are encouraged by the tour operator's trust in our destination and their charter service will significantly increase Swedish visitors, who usually stay on the island for 14 nights,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 25, 2021 10:17:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Jamaica's tourism sector continues to lead the recovery efforts for the island's economy, and I am pleased to report that we are making steady progress towards the full recovery of our sector,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, November 25, 2021 10:17:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “We have looked at the corridor from Half-Way-Tree to Papine,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 23, 2021 8:20:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We cannot avoid New Kingston in these discussions. Knutsford Boulevard represents itself in this regard, and it cannot be denied. So, we will have to look at not just a corridor in that sense, but in the same way we [will need to] have more than one tourism resilience corridor in Jamaica. Similarly, we can look at more than one gastronomy tourism corridor in Kingston,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 23, 2021 8:20:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are certainly not short of natural and cultural assets. This island could well be classified as the Caribbean's Garden of Eden with its wide selection of herbs and spices, fruits and vegetables, rivers and springs and enchanted sites of verdant countrysides and meandering landscapes. There are also our waterfalls, our beaches and spas that contribute to a feeling of wellness,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 20, 2021 1:48:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added ( about Strategy ) : “Over the long term, a vital component of the Blue Ocean Strategy will be to strengthen the systems for tourism zoning and theming so that the unique characteristics of each destination area will be preserved and enhanced to support their own distinct brand appeal. And that's a huge policy shift that we are announcing because it is a brand new way of approaching the whole development of the tourism product,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 20, 2021 1:48:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : "We are excited about that 23,000 Germans coming in this season because we have adequacy of airlift," "Winter is looking good and Germany is responding. Pre-COVID we had 20,000 visitors coming from Germany; with COVID projection is for 23,000 Germans to come into our space" External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 20, 2021 2:05:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : "The return of cruise shipping to our ports is further proof of the growing demand for our first-class and top-quality tourism product. Six ships in one week is an indication that the cruise sector is coming back and based on current projections, we expect to welcome some 75,000 cruise passengers between November and December 2021," “I would like to take this opportunity to commend all the stakeholders who have worked together to make this possible,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 19, 2021 4:57:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The resilient corridor… is today being celebrated all over the world as a safe and secure place for enjoying, entertaining, and having fun and realising your passions and getting back home feeling comfortable but, most importantly, healthy,” “Even when infection levels were raging in the rest of the country and the world, that corridor maintained a record of 0.1 per cent infection,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 19, 2021 1:43:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “I want to say to the partners who may not have had a benefit: You will have a report that says some of us didn't get, because it is not possible for everyone to get. But, the effort is there to enable, over time, all of us,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:00:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We have to take strong steps in the country, and it is understood in the context of what we want to do,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, November 17, 2021 6:00:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “When you look at the direct visitor spend, transportation cost, and the other consumption patterns in terms of fuel, transfers of the visitor all around, other consumption patterns in relation to attractions and restaurants, the impact is far greater than meets the eyes,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 15, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Trelawny is well poised to be the next critical growth centre. Harmony Cove is now set to take off. Finally, I think it is being put together and it will be taking off. Braco is also being looked at in terms of future development and expansion,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 15, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The late Harry Maragh was a titan in the Jamaican and Caribbean shipping and tourism industries, yet it is well known that Harry always found time to encourage and facilitate the participation of young professionals. Many, many persons benefited from his guidance, tutelage and mentorship,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 14, 2021 1:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I applaud and encourage the noble work of the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation and its partners to alleviate poverty and transform the lives of Caribbean youth through maritime education and community development. Your provision of academic scholarships and grants, and other educational opportunities is corporate social responsibility at its best. It shows that economic and social profit are not mutually exclusive. They can grow side by side,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 14, 2021 1:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I take great pride in the fact that he was a home-grown talent who started from humble beginnings and would go on to do great things for Jamaica. Just imagine, he started as a clerk with Lannaman and Morris and later bought the company, which today represents over 75 per cent of all cruise lines that call on Jamaica. That is the true meaning of 'pulling yourself up by your bootstraps,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 14, 2021 1:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am very pleased to be attending and delivering remarks at the Anchor Awards. It is especially heartening to share my gratitude to the family of our very own Harry Maragh, who was a pillar in Jamaica's tourism and shipping industries. His contribution was truly invaluable and he was indeed a remarkable human being,” “I am also looking forward to congratulating Ms Alyse Lisk, who is also being honoured this evening for her contribution to the maritime industry, as well as the Foundation for all the important work they do to assist Caribbean students,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, November 13, 2021 3:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Melody’s passion for the craft industry and, by extension, tourism is truly unmatched and our industry will not be the same without her,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, November 10, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : "Kingston is a beautiful destination, and I am extremely pleased it is getting the recognition it deserves by such an acclaimed publication. Kingston is a UNESCO-designated Creative City, which was selected because it has much to offer, primarily in areas of art, culture, gastronomy, and eco-tourism," "I am pleased to share that Kingston will also see nearly 500 new hotel rooms opening before 2023. Therefore, options for accommodation for our potential visitors will expand significantly in the months to come," External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, November 8, 2021 11:41:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The decision of those in the cruise ship industry is to ensure that vessels are accommodated at ports that are in full compliance with COVID-19 regulations,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 8, 2021 9:12:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I cannot encourage the cruisers to go and to patronise unvaccinated stakeholders. We all have to make up our minds if we want to be in the fray of the regular world or we want to remain isolated and have weak economic returns, or none at all. Port Antonio is an integral part of the country’s tourism product and they will be getting their fair share of the pie,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 8, 2021 9:12:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “These objectives can be achieved, of course, with higher vaccination levels and greater compliance with the protocols,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 8, 2021 9:12:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are mindful also that we all have to manage this process together and balance lives with livelihoods,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, November 8, 2021 9:12:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Jamaica has been very proactive and aggressive in our promotional activities to our key markets during these uncertain times. It was very important for us to ensure that Jamaica remains top of mind to our stakeholders, while also letting them know that our destination is extremely safe. We have worked diligently to increase vaccination within the sector, and to enforce robust health and safety protocols within our Tourism Resilience Corridor,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 7, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about James Bond ) : “We were very excited to learn about the extent to which the James Bond film has impacted the interest in our destination from the UK market. The Bond film is indeed a fantastic addition to our marketing efforts, and we look forward to welcome Bond-fanatics to our shores,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 7, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Our engagements in the Middle East were very eventful for us in trying to carve out the new markets in that region, which will also give us the connectivity to Africa, Asia, and Asia Minor. We have had discussions in Dubai and in Riyadh. The discussions with Saudi Airlines are well advanced and we've had an understanding that there is an ambition for engagement by summer of 2022,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, November 7, 2021 9:52:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “We have no difficulty in having digital nomads coming into our space. What we wouldn’t be doing would be driving that as a demographic of choice in the context of the thrust to have full recovery of our industry at this time,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, November 7, 2021 9:38:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett outlined : “The new markets after COVID-19 are going to be the oil-rich countries of the Middle East, primarily the Emirates and Saudi Arabia,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, November 5, 2021 11:00:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The Government of Jamaica, as a Small Island Developing State and vulnerable economy, remains committed to resilience building for sustainable development, including through sustainable tourism. In this regard, Jamaica welcomes the opportunity to partner with the Sustainable Tourism Global Center to contribute to and benefit from this collaborative effort to secure a better planet for future generations” External link

tradearabia Thursday, November 4, 2021 12:00:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This is a very positive development. I want to commend our health authorities and the people of Jamaica for working to bring down the rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations, which augurs well for our risk assessment rankings. Beyond that, the Resilient Corridor remains a very safe space for visitors and workers alike with comparatively high vaccination rates and extremely low infection rates” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:59:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “We have had very good engagements with our key partners in the UK and have reassured them of Jamaica's readiness for them and our safety as a destination with a less than one per cent COVID infection rate on the Resilient Corridor. Additionally, I am happy to see airline seat capacity between the UK and Jamaica at around 100 per cent of what it was pre-COVID when we were on a very strong growth path. We are very serious about action and strong results, and I am pleased with what we are achieving so far,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 2, 2021 8:55:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Asia Minor ) : “The last two weeks have been very eventful for us in trying to carve out the new markets in the Middle East that will give us the connectivity to Africa, Asia, and Asia Minor. We have had discussions in Dubai and in Riyadh. The discussions with Saudia Airlines are well advanced and we've had an understanding that there is an ambition for engagement by summer of 2022,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Al Khateeb ) : “The agreement that we have coming out of that is that Minister Al Khateeb will bring to the table those major partners, while I will be responsible for coordinating with the countries that are cooperating with us in the multi-destination tourism framework to enable a hub and spoke arrangement so that traffic can move from the Middle East and come into our area and have distribution from one country to the next,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “The details of that arrangement are being worked out with Saudia and another carrier that will make the possibility for connectivity easier and more seamless in the short run. So we are very excited about seeing the Middle Eastern gateway opening to Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are very confident that we will see results from this in short order as both airlines that we have spoken to have shown a strong appetite for the Caribbean and, more so, Latin America,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, November 2, 2021 9:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We have had very good engagements with our key partners in the UK and have reassured them of Jamaica's readiness for them and our safety as a destination, with less than one percent covid infection rates on the Resilient Corridor,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, November 2, 2021 2:04:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Our tourism industry is quickly recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Arrival figures are climbing, airlift for the winter season is looking good, and the winter cruise schedule will be very busy, with an uptick in November,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 31, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “Cruise is an integral part of our tourism product and an important driver in terms of visitor arrivals and expenditure. Thousands of Jamaicans depend on the cruise shipping industry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 31, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Royal Caribbean International, the second largest cruise line in the world, will resume limited operations to Jamaica in November of this year. Also, cruise executives reiterated a strong desire to employ thousands of Jamaicans across a wide range of jobs and are awaiting government regulatory amendments to make it a reality,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, October 31, 2021 1:01:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Our tourism industry is quickly recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Arrivals figures are climbing, airlift for the winter season is looking good, and the winter cruise schedule will be very busy, with an uptick in November which will see multiple ships docking in Ocho Rios, Falmouth and Port Antonio,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 30, 2021 5:43:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “I am very happy to announce that our meetings with one of the world's largest port and marine logistics companies, DP World, have been very successful. During three consecutive days of meetings, we have had serious discussions about investments in the Port Royal Cruise Port and the possibility of homeporting. We also discussed the development of a logistics hub, a Vernamfield multimodal transport and aerotropolis, as well as other infrastructural investments,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 29, 2021 1:31:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “We expect to have five calls from January through April 2022 in Port Royal,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 29, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We agreed to explore the feasibility of arranging this flight, details of which are to be worked out as soon as possible. There was also a productive discussion around tourism and airline recovery prospects and the positive V-shape pattern being experienced by Jamaica and Dubai,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, October 26, 2021 1:17:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett disclosed : “I am very happy to announce that our meetings with one of the world's largest port and marine logistics companies, DP World, have been very successful. During three consecutive days of meetings, we have had serious discussions about investments in the Port Royal Cruise Port and the possibility of homeporting. We also discussed the development of a logistics hub, a Vernamfield multi-modal transport and aerotropolis, as well as other infrastructural investments,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 23, 2021 1:25:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Today TUI, one of our largest tour operators and partners in the distribution segment of the tourism industry, confirmed homeporting activities for cruise in Montego Bay. More importantly, a number of planned visits and calls on the Port Royal Cruise Port, starting in January. We expect to have five calls from January through April 2022 in Port Royal,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 22, 2021 10:12:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Our worker vaccination drive has been very effective in Jamaica, with many of our workers opting to become fully vaccinated. It is our hope that soon we will be celebrating 30-40 per cent of Jamaica’s tourism workers being vaccinated as well as a significant increase in the vaccination of the rest of our population by January,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 22, 2021 10:12:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I have had other important discussions in regards to Port Royal, which may see much more activity coming through for the remainder of the year. I have just concluded some discussions with DP World, which could result in significant improvements in the European traffic into the Caribbean, mostly in Jamaica, with Port Royal being a critical area of consideration,” “I am pleased with our discussions so far here in Dubai and I am expecting that Jamaica will see some significant investments from these engagements here,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 22, 2021 10:12:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett argued : “This is positive news as Canada has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19-related travel restrictions, which for several months literally shut down international travel,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 15, 2021 9:02:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Our tourism industry continues to show its resilience as it rebounds from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The diligence, hard work, and unity shown by our tourism stakeholders over the last 18 months is paying off, as we rebuild a safe, seamless, and secure destination, and brand Jamaica reclaims its competitive position in the global market,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 14, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Cruise is an integral part of our tourism product and an important driver in terms of visitor arrivals and expenditure. Thousands of Jamaicans depend on the cruise shipping industry. With Carnival's schedule of some 16 calls over the next three months, the return of MSC Meraviglia , as well as Royal Caribbean, Disney and other cruise lines preparing to resume sailing the Caribbean Sea, we should have cruise fully back on track by December, with pretty much the full fleet,” “We are projecting just under 300,000 cruise passengers to Jamaica by end of year, by which time the Montego Bay and Falmouth ports should also be reactivated with hopes of having calls also at Port Royal and Port Antonio,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, October 14, 2021 10:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “While I do not have much authority on this, I can say strong actions are necessary to improve vaccination uptake. Ten per cent won't cut it,” “I am ashamed that only 10 per cent of the population is vaccinated and we had to dump so many doses” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 9, 2021 3:08:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Brand Jamaica ) : “TUI flights and tour services will also resume, which is a much-welcomed announcement for our stakeholders, who depend heavily on this major global group, which is the largest carrier of UK tourists to Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 9, 2021 3:08:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “TUI flights and tour services will also resume, which is a much-welcomed announcement for our stakeholders who depend heavily on this major global group, which is the largest carrier of UK tourists to Jamaica,” “I want to reassure our visitors from the UK, that Jamaica is a very safe destination. Our Tourism Resilient Corridors have been very effective and have seen a very low infection rate. Our top priority was and still is instilling traveller confidence. We want our travellers to feel safe and confident in visiting us and to also have a memorable experience,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, October 9, 2021 12:24:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “TUI flights and tour services will also resume, which is a much-welcomed announcement for our stakeholders who depend heavily on this major global group, which is the largest carrier of UK tourists to Jamaica,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, October 8, 2021 11:06:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “After a year and a half hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Royal Caribbean will resume sailings to Jamaica. We have a few pressing issues to address right away in order to increase cruises to Jamaica and, as a result, the economic and social livelihoods of thousands of Jamaicans who rely on the cruise industry directly and indirectly. Beyond that, the Government will move speedily in facilitating the cruise line’s efforts to employ thousands of Jamaicans, for what are truly exciting job opportunities that will have a positive impact for many. Our people are in demand and the cruise lines are fully cognizant of this,” External link

sunstkitts Tuesday, October 5, 2021 2:31:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told ( about Adam Stewart ) : “It’s a very positive development. There’s no better name to be associated with the continued training and development of the human capital in tourism in the Caribbean than Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, October 5, 2021 9:05:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “Now with more than 80 per cent of eligible Canadians over the age of 12 fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and a relative easing of international travel restrictions, we are cautiously optimistic. They are also excited about Jamaica's resilient corridors where most tourists' vacation is safe, with relatively high vaccination rates and near zero infection rates,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, October 4, 2021 1:19:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Beyond that the Government will move speedily in facilitating the cruise line's efforts to employ thousands of Jamaicans, for what are truly exciting job opportunities. Our people are in demand and the cruise lines are fully cognisant of this,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, October 1, 2021 11:31:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett expressed : “Carnival is a critical partner for Jamaica's tourism and wider economic recovery. We are seeing a welcome return of vessels with the recognition that Jamaica's Resilient Corridors offer a safe environment for our visitors, tourism workers and the general population,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 30, 2021 1:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “With the return of stop-over visitor arrivals since June 2020, we have been seeing steady growth towards pre-COVID-19 levels and now that cruise is back, we are looking forward to significant growth in our numbers. All requirements have been put in place to meet both United States and Jamaica's COVID-19 protocols in addition to passengers being limited to moving within the Resilient Corridors,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, September 30, 2021 1:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The first element of this arrangement is to have a sense of what the demand is by hearing from the hotels, then to hear from the agricultural producers what it is that they can supply,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 22, 2021 12:25:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “The picture emerging from this consultation is that the tourism industry is saying 'We are ready to start buying local in a fulsome way; what we want is for the local capacity to be developed to ensure the consistency of supply, the quantity and quality, and that the price is good,' ” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 22, 2021 12:25:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “More recently, we named a special task force to spearhead efforts to boost Jamaica's COVID-19 testing capacity,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, June 22, 2021 11:22:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “in the vein of reimagining tourism in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and to drive the new production and consumption patterns that we require to enable more local Jamaicans to be connected to the tourism value chain,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 11:24:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett disclosed : “The first element of this arrangement is to have a sense of what the demand is by hearing from the hotels then to hear from the agricultural producers what it is that they can supply,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 11:24:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The picture emerging from this consultation is that the tourism industry is saying we are ready to start buying local in a fulsome way; what we want is for the local capacity to be developed to ensure the consistency of supply, the quantity and quality and that the price is good,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 11:24:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “As chair I have been having consultations with the other ministers in the region, and we are hoping that we will have a virtual meeting as per the COVID protocols and we will have the votes virtually as well, if indeed there is going to be a need for voting,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 4:27:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “The second feature of the activities for us will be the first-ever visit of a Saudi minister of tourism to the Caribbean. And, the minister, His Excellency Ahmed Al Khateeb who is the premier minister of tourism in that region and is also the minister who is supervising perhaps the largest world tourism project, the establishment of what is called the Red Sea project. The Red Sea project is to build out a number of islands in the Red Sea and to create a whole new experience to the tune of some US$40 billion. When completed it is expected to rival the Dubai Palms and all that development that took place in Dubai,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 21, 2021 4:27:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We believe that tourism is driven by ideas and these ideas have the power to drive the creation of experiences. The ability to convert ideas into material goods and services is the key to differentiating your destination…. And so, the Ministry of Tourism intends to establish a tourism incubator to nurture new and start-up enterprises,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 17, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We will also be seeking partnerships for the provision of grants and loans to support the development and commercialisation of ideas generated from the incubator,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 17, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I want to make it clear that the idea does not have to be an invention. It is not necessarily bringing new things from scratch but is about adding value to what you have. Be creative and ensure that you can do more with what you have,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 17, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Exim Bank ) : “If the investors are not interested, we will then direct the entrepreneurs to the EXIM Bank where we have invested $1 billion to enable loans for small and medium tourism enterprises. They will also have the option to seek assistance from the Jamaica National Bank, where we have $200 million for a similar purpose,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 17, 2021 8:45:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This [is] to enable us to justify [the] reclassification of current positions, creation of additional positions where necessary to attract and retain the hard-working, capable and qualified individuals that we have and to explore solutions, such as contracted consultancies to boost capacity in some areas,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 17, 2021 7:06:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The Prime Minister has also asked me to immediately and expeditiously undertake a comprehensive review of the system of seasonal committees and make recommendations as to the resources needed to improve their effective functioning,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 17, 2021 7:06:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Urban Development Corporation ) : “The upgrading is to be undertaken by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and an allocation of $150 million has been budgeted for the current fiscal year to commence preliminary work for the project, which will facilitate a major transformation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 17, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett disclosed : “It is envisaged that in this we will have an entertainment development area; we will ensure that the access to craft development and artisan activities will be there within that space along with the fisher folk and a proper fisherman's village similar to that done in Ocho Rios,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 17, 2021 1:32:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “fully digital free-to-air television service will significantly improve the number of channels, thus allowing Jamaicans wider access to information” “That is critical. We have begun the process to transition and expect that by 2023 the process will be completed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “To further boost the capacity of the farmers and fishers of this critical sector, we have also allocated a sum of $1.02 billion under the Production Incentive Programme for the 2021/22 financial year,” “This will be used to facilitate crop and livestock support, climate change adaptation and mitigation, infrastructure support, grant assistance/agricultural promotions, buy-back programme and equipment,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “To further boost the capacity of the farmers and fishers of this critical sector, we have also allocated a sum of $1.02 billion under the Production Incentive Programme for the 2021/22 financial year,” “This will be used to facilitate crop and livestock support, climate change adaptation and mitigation, infrastructure support, grant assistance/agricultural promotions, buy-back programme and equipment,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 16, 2021 11:39:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett suggested : “No problem at all. If it is regularised we don't have a difficulty at all in this matter, and I think that your ruling is eminent and I would suggest that my colleague follow the procedure, and the member appropriately ask to be allowed to speak from a seat other than his own,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, June 16, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “If we aren't able to supply on that demand, we're going to have to import, which means that the dollars that we get into Jamaica from tourism will be leaked out back to the sources from which they came, because we can't supply the goods that are required,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, June 10, 2021 7:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “I am very pleased that in the last five months the industry in coming back has expended a large number of US dollars on various sectors of the economy. And one of the sectors that has benefited from it is the entertainment sector, where nearly $500 million has actually been expended to provide entertainment services into hotels to guests who come in,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 7, 2021 2:27:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “So, Jamaican musicians, Jamaican artistes, Jamaican singers, Jamaican bands, and so on have all become part of this, and we made a big thing of it because it is important. And, I sought to get a breakdown of all the hotels and all they actually spend on local entertainment during this period. And, I think that as we expand in terms of arrivals and the hotel occupancy grows, then our involvement with the entertainment industry is going to expand,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 7, 2021 2:27:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett declared : “We are having significant recovery, and my take on the matter is that we are going to end the year very strong. This month of June, we are already shaping up to be better than May, which was quite strong. We have done more than 30,000 visitors already in June and we are only six days. So, you are averaging in the region of 4,000 and 5,000 visitors a day,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 7, 2021 2:27:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “So, I think this summer is really going to be strong. I can see us averaging somewhere in the region of 130,000 to 150,000 per month. So, for the three months of summer – June, July, August – I expect to see between 450,000 and 500,000 visitors,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 7, 2021 2:27:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett argued : “The growth of the industry means expansion of demand and if those demands are not being met by our local production, then naturally importation has to come in,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, June 7, 2021 2:27:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “what the exemption does is to enable you to function as a member of the House whilst performing those other functions” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 7, 2021 10:48:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “We want to drive home the point that tourism is not about hotels. It’s about everybody in Jamaica because everybody has an opportunity to be inserted into the value chain at one level or another,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, June 7, 2021 10:48:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am excited about the prospect of where we are going with the industry in this round. Already for the year, we have welcomed just a little over 400,000 visitors and we have earned some US$500 million of foreign exchange for Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 4, 2021 12:18:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are looking at how to bring more players into the mix, but more importantly, how to drive greater inclusion in the supply side of the tourism innovation,” “So often we build hotels, we build rooms, we bring lots of visitors here, but the local ingredient is critical to ensure that the value of tourism stays in our country and the impact of it flows through the economy in a strong way,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, June 4, 2021 12:18:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “But they will looking at coming back here after the summer,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 2, 2021 8:30:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Their protocols are much stronger than the CDC,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, June 2, 2021 8:30:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are concerned that a greater humanitarian challenge will emerge if this process of vaccine inequity continues. Too many countries will find their economies in tatters and the livelihood of their people in peril. Jamaica is at risk because we have a low vaccination level of less than 10 per cent and that is of concern. If categorisation is to be made in relation to levels of vaccination, countries like Jamaica will be left behind due to our limited access to vaccines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:36:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added ( about Bob Marley ) : “Tourism recovery cannot mean recovery for certain countries in Europe and North America and not for the Philippines, the Maldives, the Caribbean, countries in the Indian ocean and Africa for example… We are concerned because like Bob Marley said, 'there can be absolutely no equity and justice unless we all are together in this struggle.' His words resonate because he made the point very well that what will happen to recovery will be a fleeting illusion to be pursued but never attained,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 29, 2021 10:36:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “Jamaica mourns the passing of a real tourism icon. Ernie Smatt was the quintessential tourism man. He understood the game and had the swagger that created the phenomenon he was during a period when Jamaica was the playground of the rich and famous,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 29, 2021 9:07:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “Jamaica has lost one of its fine tourism sons” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 29, 2021 9:07:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am deeply saddened by the fact that such a breach has occurred, however the various arms of Government have acted immediately and firmly,” “As minister, I am deeply saddened by any activity whatsoever which breaches any element of the DRMA. These breaches undermine the protocols that we worked so hard to create and the resilient corridors which have gained international recognition because of the high compliance level which we have had and the impeccable record of very low instances of infection,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, May 29, 2021 4:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The Tourism Product Development Company Ltd. (TPDCo), which is a public body of the Ministry of Tourism, has acted immediately to ensure that appropriate steps were taken to punish the entity that was in breach of the protocols,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am deeply saddened by the fact that such a breach has occurred, however, the various arms of Government have acted immediately and firmly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, May 29, 2021 1:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are concerned that a greater humanitarian challenge will emerge if this process of vaccine inequity continues. Too many countries will find their economies in tatters and the livelihood of their people in peril. Jamaica is at risk because we have a low vaccination level of less than 10 per cent and that is of concern. If categorisation is to be made in relation to levels of vaccination, countries like Jamaica will be left behind due to our limited access to vaccines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 28, 2021 11:25:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added ( about Bob Marley ) : “Tourism recovery cannot mean recovery for certain countries in Europe and North America and not for the Philippines, the Maldives, the Caribbean, countries in the Indian ocean and Africa for example… We are concerned because like Bob Marley said, 'there can be absolutely no equity and justice unless we all are together in this struggle.' His words resonate because he made the point very well that what will happen to recovery will be a fleeting illusion to be pursued but never attained,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 28, 2021 11:25:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Ernie brought entrepreneurship to another level. He invested in Jamaica and other Caribbean islands. He brought a level of distinction that was noticeable because of how he conducted himself and how he comported himself. He was suave and classy. He had a knack for getting to the hearts of the beautiful people who visited Jamaica,” “He had a way with the stars and almost every known celebrity of the 50s and 60s who came to Jamaica had an acquaintance with Ernie Smatt. I think that as a Portland entrepreneur, in particular, he will be well remembered,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 28, 2021 3:02:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Jamaica has lost one of its fine tourism sons. On behalf of the Government and people of Jamaica, I offer sincere condolences to his family and other loved ones, as well as to his staff, who I am sure will all miss him dearly. We wish that the legacy he left behind will be an inspiration that will help them go through this period in a manner that will give them solace. May his soul rest in peace and light perpetual shine upon him,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, May 28, 2021 3:02:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The big news is the completion of the dis cussion with regards to 1,000 more rooms from the Luque family, who are owners of the properties where the Secrets brand and its affiliated brands are located,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 25, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The discussion we also had with the Melia group is interesting and we look forward to completing those discussions as the weeks progress,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 25, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We concluded perhaps the most important international engagement since COVID in Spain, where the first international trade show since COVID was held. It brought just a little over 50,000 people, including countries, ministers, companies, hotels, service providers for the industry... just a confluence of all the moving parts that make up tourism was there,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 25, 2021 3:05:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I was very happy to learn that the Government of Germany has removed Jamaica from its list of countries with a particularly high risk of infection due to widespread occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 23, 2021 10:20:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I was very happy to learn that the Government of Germany has removed Jamaica from its list of countries with a particularly high risk of infection due to widespread occurrence of SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, May 23, 2021 12:22:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am very proud of the strong Jamaican representation on TripAdvisor's Top Caribbean Hotels list. These properties were ranked among the highest-rated locations in the entire region. This is a major achievement for these properties and by extension destination Jamaica. We are certain this will have a positive impact on our tourism industry, which is steadily rebounding,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 18, 2021 9:44:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “If employment is to be restored and tourism return, in a significant way, many more vaccines need to be made available, very soon,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9:04:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Persons within the industry have platforms, connections, expertise and global influence and are therefore able to articulate clearly and loudly to policymakers about the consequences of how things are going and also how they can function in a more morally-appropriate manner,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, May 11, 2021 1:25:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We will be resetting Jamaica’s tourism and we will identify and establish innovative policies, systems, protocols, and standards that assure our visitors a safer, secure, and seamless experience. This is while building out a new national tourism model based on a diversified portfolio of unique and authentic attractions and activities that draw heavily on Jamaica’s natural and cultural assets,” External link

jis Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:06:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added ( about Strategy ) : “By applying the Blue Ocean Strategy to reset tourism, the sector will, within the first two years, return to its pre-COVID-19 performance with arrivals and economic returns,” External link

jis Thursday, May 6, 2021 10:06:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Exim Bank ) : “We are already in discussion and, in fact, have provided one billion dollars to EXIM Bank to enable small and medium enterprises to come on. But, we want to create a special window for new ideas and to enable grants and loans to be provided for the stimulation of innovation through ideas, where the young people have no collateral,” External link

jis Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:18:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “It is out of this that we are going to have the key management area for this tourism incubator to be established,” External link

jis Wednesday, May 5, 2021 7:18:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated ( about The UK ) : “The Caribbean shouldn’t be classified among those high-risk countries, and therefore find itself in amber or red, which is likely to happen, because many of us are in red already,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, May 3, 2021 10:41:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are looking at frameworks for responsiveness to pandemics, climate change mitigation methodologies, preparedness and scenario planning, and rapid response mechanisms for incidents,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, May 2, 2021 1:17:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about British ) : “The opening of the borders is important in the context of not just Jamaica's tourism but Caribbean tourism, as so many of these countries benefit from transiting through Jamaica for British and European nationals,” “It is important also against the background of the recent call by the Caribbean Tourism Organization urging a review of the categorisation of Caribbean countries by the UK; given the fact that we have the lowest death rates and highest recovery rates and exemplary COVID-19 management,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 30, 2021 3:46:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We lack the resources to access vaccines. I fear that vaccine politics is going to militate against smaller, poorer countries that cannot afford to have it,” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:18:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The distribution of vaccines being as they are, the UK should have a duty to enable us to have access,” “If the Commonwealth is to mean something, then leaders of the Commonwealth - and we are Her Majesty’s loyal subjects and [the Commonwealth] is supposed to have value - should talk about how we make sure Her Majesty’s subjects all have an equal chance to survive in a pandemic” External link

news-yahoo Thursday, April 29, 2021 6:18:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained ( about Commission ) : “This is being done with the hope that the draft document will be ready for discussion and acceptance at the United Nations World Tourism Organization's Commission of the Americas (CAM) meeting, which will be held in Kingston on June 19, 2021,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 1:25:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett promised : “This agreement will enable joint marketing arrangements between these countries, while also providing tourists with the option to enjoy multi-destination experiences during their vacations at attractive package prices. It will be a game changer in tourism diplomacy and economic convergences in the Caribbean region,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 29, 2021 1:25:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We have not, over time, documented how we have managed and worked through crises. So, we have left nothing behind, no guide post for the next generation to see and know how we have dealt with these issues. And so the Resilience Centre is going to play a big role in this research and in the compilation of this document that will be in the form of that book,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:56:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Saudi ) : “We also discussed how Jamaica can benefit from investment in a number of areas including tourism infrastructure. I told him about the new destination we are developing in St. Thomas and the possibility for Saudi investment in that area,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 27, 2021 6:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Saudi ) : “We also spoke about the collaboration that Jamaica and Saudi Arabia will have in tourism development. These include the establishment of a Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre in Riyadh and collaboration with regards to sustainability and resilience projects,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 27, 2021 6:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The Prime Minister had given instructions as it relates to creating St Thomas as a new destination. The study has been done and the documents are before us,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, April 24, 2021 4:56:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett reported : “We are pivoting in this crisis to take advantage of a new collaborative approach that will bring greater value for passengers, cruise lines and Destination Jamaica” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 23, 2021 2:22:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Home-porting will provide much greater opportunities to strengthen linkages with other key sectors, such as agriculture and manufacturing. Cruise ports will see increased spend, which will benefit small businesses and entrepreneurs in the industry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, April 23, 2021 2:22:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “The speaker is still speaking and she has not given you even the right to speak. You are still speaking and she has not given the right to speak, therefore, you are contravening the standing orders…” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 7:13:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We will be placing special focus on reducing instances of visitor harassment and poor solid waste management practices,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:34:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This underscores how important homeporting is, as it will bring more value and serve as an economic driver that will benefit thousands of Jamaicans, including small entrepreneurs,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The numbers tell the story. Tourism is a key driver of economies across the world, including that of Jamaica, through job creation, export revenues, infrastructure development and new business,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “They are ready to take up entry-level jobs in tourism. We believe that these young people, from all across the country, will help to boost the sector's competitiveness in the post-COVID-19 era,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Pacing from the US and the UK have picked up significantly, against the expectation of increased vaccination in those countries,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:23:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “The region is exceptionally beautiful and the experience is second to none,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “There is no indication when the eruptions will stop. The 1902 eruption lasted eight months and 1979 was not as bad. They say this eruption is worse than the 1902 eruption,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Ralph Gonsalves ) : “We outlined the Caribbean’s vulnerability to natural disasters, and PM Gonsalves fully outlined the nature of the problem they were facing as a result of the eruption. All indicated a commitment to offer support and to develop a mechanism to offer that support. In the end, we agreed that Jamaica would coordinate the global effort to help St Vincent and the Grenadines,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “There is a clear and present danger for the entire Caribbean, not just the islands that are in that archipelago of Grenada, the Grenadines, St Lucia and Barbados. Anything and everything that happens in the space affects the entire region,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 18, 2021 10:50:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The bringing together of global tourism leaders was critical in providing a platform to generate support for St Vincent and the Grenadines, which is in dire need of help following the recent volcanic eruption,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Together we must strategise the way forward for the quick recovery of SVG, and all other Caribbean countries being impacted. This is imperative, given the fact that this environmental crisis is likely to make matters worse for the small, undiversified, affected economies that have been facing over a year of steep and historic decline in tourism revenues,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “From a tourism standpoint, the latest development will obviously set back the recovery of the tourism and travel sector in St Vincent and the Grenadines and other affected countries, including the heavily tourism-dependent Barbados, indefinitely,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, April 15, 2021 10:45:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “There is a $67-billion demand that exists for just fruits and vegetables in tourism and when you look at what is required for poultry meat, and for eggs and other condiments, we are looking at around $360 billion of demand overall, for agricultural goods in general as well as certain levels of manufactured goods,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:30:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We look forward to welcoming them back to our shores, and I am confident that this important partnership will aid in our effort to rebuild our tourism sector and boost our economy overall,” “While we know there are some concerns about the safety of the cruise industry at this time, we want to assure the public that the cruise lines are adhering to strict COVID-19 safety protocols. We have also been working tirelessly to develop the necessary policy and strategic frameworks, which will ensure that this will be a safe, seamless and secure experience, which will be mutually beneficial,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:30:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Because the global community is geographically challenged and the Caribbean at times is regarded as one little district, if something happens in St Vincent, it is the Caribbean, and it is Jamaica and everywhere. Those communication nuances are very important, and this is where the resilience centre can play a critical role,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 12, 2021 10:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “And another area that the resilience centre will be looking at is how it can support the call for the placement of people during the interim,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, April 12, 2021 10:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett argued : “To be able to say to the market that Jamaican workers are all vaccinated is going to be a major marketing position for us because indeed after this weekend, Jamaica might very well be the most vaccinated tourism worker group in the entire Caribbean and that is a major statement to be made,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 12, 2021 10:24:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about The UK ) : “To vaccinate means to enhance your security and the world is also making positions in the relation to categorising countries on the basis of vaccination. The UK (United Kingdom) is talking about a red light, a green light and an amber light to determine the levels of acceptance for destinations that their people can go to,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, April 12, 2021 10:24:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “To say to the world that Jamaican tourism workers are all vaccinated will be a major marketing position, particularly, at a time when world tourism is moving towards harmonisation of the standardisation of policies and practises and one of the areas of common understanding is that to vaccinate means to enhance your security,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, April 11, 2021 5:35:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I was very happy to receive news that Frontier Airlines will operate new flights to Montego Bay to meet the growing demand to visit our island paradise. This also aids our mission to rebuild Jamaica’s tourism sector, which like many other destinations, suffered greatly because of the pandemic. There is a lot more in store and I will speak to that soon,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, April 10, 2021 3:01:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Brand Jamaica ) : “According to preliminary data from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Jamaica recorded some 14,983 visitors to the island from April 1 to 5, 2021. Over 13,000 of these visitors entered the island via the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 7, 2021 9:02:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Brand Jamaica ) : “I am very heartened by the data we have received, as it shows that Jamaica is still top-of-mind to our visitors and that we are making steady progress towards a full recovery of our sector. I commend the team at the Jamaica Tourist Board for their aggressive and innovative marketing campaigns, which have clearly been impactful. Special commendation must also be given to our tourism partners and stakeholders for the hard work they also do in marketing Brand Jamaica to the world,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 7, 2021 9:02:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are happy to share that the reports received by the Ministry indicate that there was strong compliance with the protocols, as players in the sector enforced strict COVID-19 measures over the holiday weekend, despite the high occupancy in most properties. I must therefore laud our stakeholders for ensuring that their guests had a safe yet memorable experience,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, April 7, 2021 9:02:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am very pleased to announce that Jamaica will be a homeport for Norwegian Cruise Line, which will see the return of cruise tourism to Jamaican waters in August. We look forward to welcoming them back to our shores, and I am confident that this important partnership will aid in our effort to rebuild our tourism sector and boost our economy overall,” “While we know there are some concerns about the safety of the cruise industry at this time. We want to assure the public that the cruise lines are adhering to strict COVID-19 safety protocols. We have also been working tirelessly to develop the necessary policy and strategic frameworks, which will ensure that this will be a safe, seamless and secure experience, which will be mutually beneficial,” External link

jis Tuesday, April 6, 2021 10:43:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “Ultimately, the vessel, which has an occupancy of approximately 3,800, will operate at 50% capacity, in keeping with current COVID-19 protocols in place for the cruise shipping industry. Passengers will also be required to be fully vaccinated and take a test prior to boarding the ship,” External link

jis Tuesday, April 6, 2021 10:43:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett disse ( about Norwegian Epic ) : “estou muito satisfeito que a Norwegian Cruise Line tenha selecionado a Jamaica como um dos seus primeiros destinos do mundo abrangidos pela retoma do seu serviço” External link

diarioeconomico Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:36:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am very pleased to announce that Jamaica will be a homeport for Norwegian Cruise Line, which will see the return of cruise tourism to Jamaican waters in August. We look forward to welcoming them back to our shores, and I am confident that this important partnership will aid in our effort to rebuild our tourism sector and boost our economy overall,” “While we know there are some concerns about the safety of the cruise industry at this time. We want to assure the public that the cruise lines are adhering to strict COVID-19 safety protocols. We have also been working tirelessly to develop the necessary policy and strategic frameworks, which will ensure that this will be a safe, seamless and secure experience, which will be mutually beneficial,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:33:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “Ultimately, the vessel, which has an occupancy of approximately 3,800, will operate at 50 per cent capacity, in keeping with current COVID-19 protocols in place for the cruise shipping industry. Passengers will also be required to be fully vaccinated and take a test prior to boarding the ship,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 9:33:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We look forward to welcoming them back to our shores, and I am confident that this important partnership will aid in our effort to rebuild our tourism sector and boost our economy overall,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:30:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “Ultimately, the vessel, which has an occupancy of approximately 3,800, will operate at 50% capacity, in keeping with current COVID-19 protocols in place for the cruise shipping industry. Passengers will also be required to be fully vaccinated and take a test prior to boarding the ship,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:30:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett argued : "So, what it means is that the US is going to lead the world in terms of the vaccinated population in short order and that sounds good for us as a Jamaica where our biggest market is the US. But we have to also respond in terms of our vaccination," External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : "We urge that those considerations be kept off the table for now until better vaccination levels are obtained... that is to say we are closer to the normalcy of the 75 to 80 per cent that the CDC itself has indicated to be the standard for global normalcy. This is going to call for some strong level of diplomacy because although we are not making a point that this is going to happen, we are going to urge that it doesn't happen. After all, if it happens, it could put a lot of very dependent tourism destinations at risk," External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 8:37:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We're seeing that vaccines are arriving. We're expecting two more shipments within the next two months and we're expecting to see more and more of our people vaccinated, particularly those who are involved in front line activities, and tourism is one of the front line activities,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 7:34:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “More and more countries are moving to create the level of vaccination cover. The tragedy, of course, of all of that, is the difficulty of getting vaccinations. Already more than 80 per cent of all vaccines available globally is cornered by 10 countries. The last report I had [stated that] of 134 countries that are highly tourism-dependent less than 80 had even one dose of vaccine so far. So that's an issue,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 7:34:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Effective management of COVID-19 and recovery of the global economy requires a concerted and collaborative effort from all member states. We need to move together on this or else we risk a deterioration of the situation in developing countries, the effects of which will inevitably spread to neighbours in the region and beyond” “This is the first step in ensuring that inequity in the distribution of vaccines does not hinder the restart of tourism and related services. Any requirement for proof of vaccination for travel which does not take into account this reality could very well be considered discriminatory,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 7:34:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett argued : “Here in Jamaica we're seeing green shoots — there are better bookings and the placings are looking better for summer. By winter we expect that we should have turned the corner a little better,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, April 6, 2021 7:34:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Effective management of COVID-19 and recovery of the global economy requires a concerted and collaborative effort from all member states. We need to move together on this or else we risk a deterioration of the situation in developing countries, the effects of which will inevitably spread to neighbours in the region and beyond” “This is the first step in ensuring that inequity in the distribution of vaccines does not hinder the restart of tourism and related services. Any requirement for proof of vaccination for travel, which does not take into account this reality, could very well be considered discriminatory,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, March 31, 2021 9:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “We don’t expect that this (business slowdown) is a feature that will define Kingston, so we don’t want to market the city away from the traditional values and what it has always meant. In managing COVID, we have had to make some decisions that are temporary,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 26, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We will have to adapt to the new modalities that the technology is offering. It would change recognising the value of some destinations because you can have a mix of virtual and face-to-face. You could have a point of origination, being, say, Kingston and then we would have to look at the facilities and infrastructure that are going to be required to drive those activities,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, March 26, 2021 9:34:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I want to see these agricultural farms spring up in Negril, in Ocho Rios, in Port Antonio, and on the south coast,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 25, 2021 9:03:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “After a number of consultations with the relevant stakeholders, we can now announce that Jamaica will not be hosting Carnival in Jamaica in April this year. We strongly believe it is in the best interest of our people and will aid in the Government’s fight to preserve lives and livelihoods, as we continue to see an increase in cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” “We are mindful of the significant economic loss this will have on our country, as this event generates billions annually, with many small and medium sized enterprises benefitting from the celebrations. However, despite the ongoing roll-out of vaccines, the Government of Jamaica must continue to put strong measures in place to prevent unnecessary exposure of our people and visitors, to the deadly disease,” External link

jamaica-star Wednesday, March 24, 2021 8:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “After a number of consultations with the relevant stakeholders, we can now announce that Jamaica will not be hosting Carnival in Jamaica in April this year. We strongly believe it is in the best interest of our people and will aid in the Government's fight to preserve lives and livelihoods, as we continue to see an increase in cases due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” “We are mindful of the significant economic loss this will have on our country, as this event generates billions annually, with many small and medium sized enterprises benefitting from the celebrations. However, despite the ongoing roll-out of vaccines, the Government of Jamaica must continue to put strong measures in place to prevent unnecessary exposure of our people and visitors, to the deadly disease,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, March 24, 2021 7:41:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “In the week beginning March 7, 2021, an average of 2.47 million doses per day were administered. This daily dosage would have represented vaccination for 84 per cent of the Jamaican population,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Tuesday, March 23, 2021 10:32:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “Pacing from the US (United States) and the UK (United Kingdom) have picked up significantly, against the expectation of increased vaccination in those countries,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, March 21, 2021 10:01:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We had to step up our testing infrastructure,” External link

WashingtonPost Friday, March 12, 2021 7:19:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “We think that our proximity to the US; the knowledge of Jamaica as a really very strong destination with the quality products that we have will put us in a good position to benefit from this development in those two source markets,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 11:03:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The sector has been impacted by a number of stop-and-start activities in the source markets as a result of the varying abilities to manage the pandemic,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Thursday, March 4, 2021 11:03:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Visitor arrivals are projected as follows – stopover, 1.043 million, [representing] a 117 per cent increase, and cruise shipping at 570,000, which would be a 100 per cent increase over the previous period,” “Those statistics are reflective of what the position will be. They are very flattering and we recognise that the industry literally came to a halt (due to COVID-19),” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, March 4, 2021 8:10:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I would like to congratulate Jason and his hardworking team at Jakes on receiving these important accolades. Like many other hoteliers and tourism partners, I know that his team has faced significant challenges because of the pandemic. It is therefore heartening to see that since re-opening last June, the world's focus is on Treasure Beach and by extension Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, March 2, 2021 2:48:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Tourism-dependent economies have lost 12 per cent of their GDP [gross domestic product] compared to global economic contraction of 4.4 per cent. Tourism export revenues were down globally between US$910 billion to US$ 1.2 trillion in 2020. Between 100-120 million jobs in travel and tourism were sacrificed in 2020,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett expressed : “Our economies are badly bleeding and need to be thrown a lifeline. The current situation facing these economies, as well as others across the world's developing regions, can only be described as a humanitarian crisis,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “At the current rate of daily global vaccination, approximately 6.53 million doses, it will take roughly five years to cover 75 per cent of the population with a two-dose vaccine, according to Bloomberg research. This current lethargic pace has to be dramatically hastened, as global economic recovery efforts cannot wait five years, especially among the worst affected economies,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 28, 2021 10:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Tourism-dependent economies have lost 12 % of their GDP compared to global economic contraction of 4.4 %. Tourism export revenues were down globally between US$ 910 billion to US$ 1.2 trillion in 2020. Between 100-120 million jobs in travel and tourism were sacrificed in 2020,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 26, 2021 12:21:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett expressed : “Our economies are badly bleeding and need to be thrown a lifeline. The current situation facing these economies, as well as others across the world’s developing regions, can only be described as a humanitarian crisis,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 26, 2021 12:21:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “access to vaccination among these countries needs to be improved rapidly. We cannot afford to politicise responses to the crisis at hand. I am thus using this opportunity to urge that we prioritise tourism-dependent economies for vaccination” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 26, 2021 12:21:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “At the current rate of daily global vaccination, approximately 6.53 million doses, it will take roughly 5 years to cover 75% of the population with a two-dose vaccine, according to Bloomberg research. This current lethargic pace has to be dramatically hastened, as global economic recovery efforts cannot wait five years, especially among the worst affected economies,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 26, 2021 12:21:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “As parliamentarians, it is our duty to demonstrate to our fellow Jamaicans that we should do everything possible to prevent the contraction and spread of the COVID-19 virus, and if we can do this for as important an occasion as the Ceremonial Opening of Parliament, there is no excuse for any Jamaican to ignore the Ministry of Health and Wellness' COVID-19 guidelines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, February 19, 2021 8:33:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “As parliamentarians, it is our duty to demonstrate to our fellow Jamaicans that we should do everything possible to prevent the contraction and spread of the COVID-19 virus, and if we can do this for as important an occasion as the ceremonial opening of Parliament, there is no excuse for any Jamaican to ignore the Ministry of Health and Wellness's COVID-19 guidelines,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, February 18, 2021 10:48:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Robin Hayes ) : “I was very heartened by the discussion I had with Mr Hayes earlier today. His apology to our Prime Minister; the Government; members of the tourism team and the people of Jamaica, for the concern and frustration the incident has caused, was well received. We know that the actions of the employee are in no way a reflection of the standards of Jetblue,” “We look forward to strengthening our relationship with the airline moving forward, as JetBlue remains a valued tourism partner,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett expressed : “Jamaica remains a premier destination and we will continue to provide the world class service and tourism product, which have allowed Jamaica to become the destination of choice for millions of visitors from across the globe. We will also continue to work along with Jetblue and all our other committed tourism partners in building brand Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 17, 2021 2:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated ( about Brand Jamaica ) : “In the current ‘pivot or perish’ environment, businesses, conferences and entertainment events are turning to virtual delivery methods to preserve revenue streams, and with great success. This proactive approach is good for business and good for Jamaica, too. Each time we launch a major event, albeit virtually, it is a shot in the arm for economic recovery,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 14, 2021 10:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated ( about Brand Jamaica ) : “In the current 'pivot or perish' environment, businesses, conferences and entertainment events are turning to virtual delivery methods to preserve revenue streams, and with great success. This proactive approach is good for business and good for Jamaica too. Each time we launch a major event, albeit virtually, it is a shot in the arm for economic recovery,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 14, 2021 8:41:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Brand Jamaica ) : “This online festival experience is a great tool for promoting our rum brands and Brand Jamaica,” External link

jamaicaobserver Sunday, February 14, 2021 8:41:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “These 'backpack' type visitors make 'spur of the moment' plans and wish to be enlightened, educated and to immerse themselves in the culture of the destination,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, February 13, 2021 2:36:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Instead, he went and negotiated with tour operators to expand the market,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 12, 2021 11:01:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I think that this is a good moment for Jamaica to really reset tourism so that we become a more inclusive industry, and the flow-through effect on the economy that tourism has the capacity to provide, is then realised,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 9, 2021 4:02:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “This is the opportunity for us to do that. I want to continue this debate and in fact I am going to have a paper done on this reset of the tourism industry and we begin to talk with our partners so that there's an understanding of what needs to be done in the next six months or so, as we try to reposition tourism as a true driver of the economy and as a means by which a far greater number of our Jamaican people will realise their true potential,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, February 9, 2021 4:02:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “It is difficult and it is causing us some unintended consequences because I know that Canada has no real intention of hurting Jamaica. What we are doing here is to hope and pray that Canada will get through this very quickly so that we can return to the normal course of our trade relations,” External link

sunstkitts Monday, February 8, 2021 3:03:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett explained : “All major hotels have testing facilities at the hotel. And for the smaller hotels, we’ve arranged transportation to our testing centers across the island,” External link

sunstkitts Monday, February 8, 2021 3:03:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We all know of the effects of the pandemic and how it has slowed up the likes of those connected with the Sugar Cane Bay project. But whilst they are slow, others are ploughing ahead with new projects and expansions, so it is just a matter of waiting to see what happens after the COVID period,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, February 7, 2021 10:07:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Students will be able to join their school sessions online and respond to the various demands that come with learning. I am almost certain that some of these sharp minds will one day contribute to the tourism sector, whether directly or indirectly,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, February 5, 2021 8:31:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : "Yes, it is painful. Yes, it is difficult and it is causing us some unintended consequences, because I know that Canada has no real intention of hurting Jamaica," External link

CBC Friday, February 5, 2021 8:28:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : "What we are doing here is to hope and pray that Canada will get through this very quickly so that we can return to the normal course of our trade relations," External link

CBC Friday, February 5, 2021 8:28:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Students will be able to join their school sessions online, and respond to the various demands that come with learning. I am almost certain that some of these sharp minds will one day contribute to the tourism sector, whether directly or indirectly,” External link

jis Friday, February 5, 2021 5:17:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : "Yes, it is painful. Yes, it is difficult and it is causing us some unintended consequences, because I know that Canada has no real intention of hurting Jamaica," External link

CBC Friday, February 5, 2021 12:15:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : "What we are doing here is to hope and pray that Canada will get through this very quickly so that we can return to the normal course of our trade relations," External link

CBC Friday, February 5, 2021 12:15:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I think the world is going there, nobody is there yet, but I can tell you that there is a lot of work going on between airlines, ourselves, and (other) countries,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett told : “These developments come as no surprise given the growing global trend of increasing testing requirements before travel and generally as a means of curbing the spread of COVID-19,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “That’s where technology is taking us, and your minister and Jamaica are on top of that game,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, February 3, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “It is very important that we have artisans here so that when the visitors come, they can have a design that they give to an artisan, proceed on their tour and on their return collect a truly authentic finished product to take on board the ship with them,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, February 3, 2021 12:28:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I'm also pleased to see that among the objectives of REDI II is the provision of medical grade Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as prescribed by the Ministry of Tourism's COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols. PPEs to include face masks, face shields, no contact hand-held thermometers, hand sanitiser dispenser, 62 per cent alcohol-based gel hand sanitiser,” External link

jamaicaobserver Monday, February 1, 2021 8:47:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am advised that the theming exercise will be done through the end of June so that it will allow for the tenants to now come in as of July,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 1, 2021 8:22:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The construction is substantially completed. I am advised by the contractors that it is in an actual handover position and the partners, who have overseen that contract work, the Port Authority of Jamaica, are stating that yes, they are in a position to receive the substantially completed project,” “There are some finishes that are to be completed by the 23rd of March by the contractor” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, February 1, 2021 8:22:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “It is going to have enormous implications for our poverty management,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Sunday, January 31, 2021 6:06:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett outlined : “So, what is needed is for us to look at a major plan to boost agricultural supplies in Jamaica and within the Caribbean. One of the things we could look at is where do we have comparative advantage in the production of what type of supply, to see how we can utilise these specialties within the islands to create the sufficiency of supply that is required, or a significant portion of what is required,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 30, 2021 8:04:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “He is also credited with introducing several leading international tour operators to the island such as First Choice/ TUI, Hotel Plan, Maxi Tours and Maxi Coverage Company Sun Wing,” “Mr Smith was a brilliant businessman. His passion for tourism and the transportation industry is truly unmatched. I am certain his legacy will live on for years to come. I pray that his soul will be at peace with our Heavenly Father” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 30, 2021 1:38:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Ralph Smith ) : “I was very saddened to learn about the passing of Ralph Smith. We will never forget his kindness and invaluable contributions,” “On behalf of the Government of Jamaica, I offer my sincere condolences to the entire Smith family. I pray that the love of those around you will provide some comfort and support during this period of grief,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:55:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added ( about Mr Smith ) : “Mr Smith was a brilliant businessman. His passion for tourism and the transportation industry is truly unmatched. I am certain his legacy will live on for years to come. I pray that his soul will be at peace with our Heavenly Father,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:55:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I was very saddened to learn about the passing of Ralph Smith. We will never forget his kindness and invaluable contributions. On behalf of the Government of Jamaica, I offer my sincere condolences to the entire Smith family. I pray that the love of those around you will provide some comfort and support during this period of grief,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Mr. Smith was a brilliant businessman. His passion for tourism and the transportation industry is truly unmatched. I am certain his legacy will live on for years to come. I pray that his soul will be at peace with our Heavenly Father,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Saturday, January 30, 2021 2:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The ROK Hotel in Kingston, with 168 hotel rooms, is still under way and is scheduled to be completed in July 2021,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 29, 2021 10:47:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We were positive we would see our best months yet, (but) unfortunately, COVID-19 cases worldwide are again spiralling and new variants of the virus is cause for much consternation,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 29, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I cannot say what the final outcome of winter may be,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 29, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “These developments come as no surprise given the growing global trend of increasing testing requirements before travel and generally as a means of curbing the spread of COVID-19,” “Nevertheless, the UK, USA, and Canada are our three main source markets, which account for some 90 per cent of Jamaica’s visitors” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 29, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “By 2023, the tourism industry should be well on its way to full recovery. Sustainability is integral to the recovery process and I want to add that resilience is the benchmark to the process” External link

jamaica-gleaner Friday, January 29, 2021 8:26:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated : “We are pleased to share that 26 resorts in Jamaica are providing guests with on-site testing, at no cost to the traveller. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has approved a total of 10 private laboratories to further enhance testing efforts, and we are establishing a number of sample collection centres throughout our resilient corridors to make testing a seamless process for guests staying at other properties,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We are resilient and will remain nimble, especially over the coming weeks, as we anticipate other potential changes for United States travellers,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted : “The new executive order requires that all travellers seeking to enter the US from a foreign country provide proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than three days prior to departure to the US, and follow the CDC's [US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention] guidelines for actions to take following international travel, which include recommended periods of self-quarantine or self-isolation after entry into the US,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “These federal agencies have 14 days to develop and submit their evaluations,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 26, 2021 11:59:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “The task force has done quite a lot of work, which includes taking steps to assess and determine the capacity to respond to the need for testing of all visitors going back to their country. We are able to report positively that the labs are all accredited and resourced” External link

travelweekly Monday, January 25, 2021 11:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “For visitors who test positive, we have a positive care programme that is being structured,” “Hotels will be the first responders by allowing the visitors to stay on property in a designated area throughout the period, especially if they are asymptomatic, to fulfil the requirements to enable them to go back home” External link

travelweekly Monday, January 25, 2021 11:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Jamaica is now very ready. We have developed the infrastructure to secure the quantities of testing agents and/or to enable the viral testing methods that are approved by the relevant authorities. So, all visitors who come to Jamaica will be able to access approved testing arrangements to enable them to fulfil the requirements of their respective countries for re-entry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 23, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The task force has done quite a lot of work, which includes taking steps to assess and determine the capacity to respond to the need for testing of all visitors going back to their country, and I am pleased to say that that work is completed. We are able to report positively that the labs are all accredited and resourced,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 23, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett declared : “These new requirements are very challenging and we are already hampered by the existing protocols. The new ones only add to that burden. It is moving costs up and reducing volumes in, and will have implications in terms of the viability of some of the entities. However, what it is not affecting is the quality and high experience level that Jamaica offers. [But] we are still the finest destination to visit,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 23, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “We have also established two redundancy arrangements. They are located at sites close to both international airports in Montego Bay and Kingston,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 23, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “For visitors who test positive, we have a positive care programme that is being structured. The hotels will be the first responders by allowing the visitors to stay on property in a designated area throughout the period, especially if they are asymptomatic, to fulfil the requirements to enable them to go back home,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 23, 2021 1:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Jamaica is now very ready. We have developed the infrastructure to secure the quantities of testing agents and/or to enable the viral testing methods that are approved by the relevant authorities. So, all visitors who come to Jamaica will be able to access approved testing arrangements to enable them to fulfil the requirements of their respective countries for re-entry,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 23, 2021 3:18:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “We have also established two redundancy arrangements. They are located at sites close to both international airports in Montego Bay and Kingston,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 23, 2021 3:18:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “The establishment of this satellite centre at Kenyatta University will expand the global reach of the Global Resilience Centre. I am particularly excited as it will be a critical asset in enhancing tourism resilience and sustainability among East African destinations,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 2:47:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett added : “Ultimately, this centre will become a key catalyst for sustainable tourism development and ensure that global tourism can adapt and respond to the uncertainties of its internal and external environment,” External link

jamaicaobserver Friday, January 22, 2021 2:47:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I am heartened to learn that Adam Stewart has been named the executive chairman of Sandals Resorts International,” “Over the years, Adam has made a name for himself as a brilliant businessman, leader and innovator. I can say without hesitation that the mantle of leadership of SRI could not have been passed to a more competent and deserving individual,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett noted ( about Adam Stewart ) : “Adam, much like his father, is a global industry leader with a wealth of knowledge about the Sandals brand and the international tourism industry. I offer you my heartiest congratulations Adam, I am certain you will do exceptionally well, and that you will continue to build on the rich legacy left by your father, who has groomed you very well for this position,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 11:57:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “It has to be borne in mind that Members of Parliament are not necessarily professionals in many fields nor, perhaps, academics. So, therefore, they need the support and the information and data, and the quality guidance to enable the best-quality reviews that can be given,” External link

jamaicaobserver Tuesday, January 19, 2021 1:00:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : "This task force will work along with the Ministry of Health and Wellness and tourism stakeholders, both within the public and private sectors, to boost Jamaica's capacity to facilitate widescale COVID-19 testing for visitors to the island. We will also undertake extensive consultation with our local and international tourism partners to develop and introduce innovative solutions to effectively address this challenge," External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 14, 2021 12:14:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “Our aim is to develop along with the Ministry of Health and private sector stakeholders the capacity required to drive the establishment of the testing for tourists coming to Jamaica, in accordance with the requirements of their respective countries,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “We will not fall down and die, because the economy of Jamaica is dependent on tourism,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 13, 2021 10:29:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : "Like all other nations, we understand the need to protect citizens and to put measures in place to help reduce the spread of this deadly virus. It is for this reason the Government of Jamaica and key partners are putting measures in place to boost the COVID-19 testing capacity locally," External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7:47:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : "We will, however, continue to work closely with all local and international tourism partners, to ensure the safety of our citizens and visitors," External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 13, 2021 5:45:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Chamber ) : “I was very saddened to learn about the passing of one of Jamaica's stalwarts in the tourism and shipping industries, Harry Maragh. He was always pleasant and the consummate professional. This is indeed a great loss for our industry and he will be truly missed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 7, 2021 2:04:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Over the years, Lannaman & Morris has become the leading cruise agent, representing in excess of 75 per cent of all cruises that call at Jamaican ports. I greatly admire our home-grown talent who start from humble beginnings and go on to do great things for the nation,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 7, 2021 2:04:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Jamaica Chamber ) : “He started as a validating/traffic clerk with Lannaman & Morris and later bought the company, which has represented in excess of 75 per cent of all cruise lines that call on Jamaica. The success of our industry could not have happened without the stewardship of this great Jamaican. I offer my sincere condolences to his wife Charmaine and the rest of their family as well as to his staff, who I am sure will miss him dearly. May God continue to provide you comfort during this very difficult period of mourning,” External link

jamaicaobserver Thursday, January 7, 2021 2:04:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Butch was truly an icon and innovator, philanthropist and perhaps the greatest marketer tourism has ever seen. Sandals is indeed the largest and most enduring brand created by a Caribbean entrepreneur in tourism and arguably the world today and the standard by which luxury All Inclusive is judged. I hail him as a father, leader, benefactor, and the greatest tourism entrepreneur of our time. His passing is truly devastating,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, January 7, 2021 6:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett stated ( about Jamaica Hotel ) : “I think that we can look back on his life and times and draw inspiration from the success that he has had. But I think, most importantly, we can be inspired by his resilience and the fact that he has started from nowhere, and has ended up as being one of the most celebrated human beings that Jamaica has produced in the last century,” External link

cnc3 Thursday, January 7, 2021 6:44:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I was very saddened to learn about the passing of one of Jamaica’s stalwarts in the tourism and shipping industries, Harry Maragh. He was always pleasant and the consummate professional. This is indeed a great loss for our industry and he will be truly missed,” External link

jis Wednesday, January 6, 2021 5:50:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I greatly admire our homegrown talent who start from humble beginnings and go on to do great things for the nation. He started as a validating/traffic clerk with Lannaman & Morris and later bought the company which has represents in excess of 75 per cent of all cruise lines that call on Jamaica. The success of our industry could not have happened without the stewardship of this great Jamaican. I offer my sincere condolences to his wife Charmaine and the rest of their family as well as to his staff, who I am sure will miss him dearly. May God continue to provide you comfort during this very difficult period of mourning,” External link

jis Wednesday, January 6, 2021 5:50:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Butch was truly an icon and innovator, philanthropist and perhaps the greatest marketer tourism has ever seen,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Wednesday, January 6, 2021 9:51:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “I was very saddened to learn about the passing of one of Jamaica's stalwarts in the tourism and shipping industries, Harry Maragh. He was always pleasant and the consummate professional. This is indeed a great loss for our industry and he will be truly missed,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 6, 2021 5:15:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said ( about Michael Raine ) : “This is a good moment, I am really inspired [by you] myself. The response you probably expected is that he is great for tourism, and you are, but you are much more than that. Michael is great to be a role model for Jamaica's youth who need to have a sense of what they can accomplish,” “I would love to have him have another conversation with us, which is beyond tourism, where we can look at him in a more extensive way to give inspiration not just to a market that is going to need his image but to a country that is going to need his kind of efforts, especially coming out of COVID-19,” External link

jamaicaobserver Wednesday, January 6, 2021 3:06:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “Gordon Butch Stewart has made an indelible mark. He has established himself as not just the standard by which entrepreneurship can be judged, but he has established a brand that has become global and is also the strongest statement that small island states such as Jamaica can make on global scenes, irrespective of their areas of involvement,” External link

jis Tuesday, January 5, 2021 11:29:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “If that trend had held, we would have welcomed more than 5 million visitors and earned a historic US$ 5 billion by year end,” External link

jamaica-gleaner Monday, January 4, 2021 10:11:00 AM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said : “If that trend had held, we would have welcomed more than five million visitors and earned a historic US$5 billion by year-end,” External link

jamaicaobserver Saturday, January 2, 2021 12:49:00 PM EAT

Edmund Bartlett said :