Jamaica minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has welcomed the opening of the latest Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre outpost in Nepal.
The mission of the centre is to carry out policy-relevant research and analysis on destination preparedness, management and recovery from disruptions that impact tourism and threaten economies.
It will also play a role in training officials to respond to crises as they evolve as well as developing communication capacities.
Minister Bartlett met earlier in Kathmandu with Deepak Raj Joshi, chief executive of the Nepal Tourism Board.
Nepal prime minister, Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli, was also on hand, presenting Bartlett with a token of his appreciation for the work he has done in global resilience.
Addressing the opening of the centre, Bartlett said: “Similar to the Caribbean, Asia-Pacific is described as one of the most disaster-prone regions in the world with its extensive coastlines, low-lying territories, mountainous terrains and many small island states.
“The geographical characteristics of the region make it highly vulnerable to rising sea levels and extreme weather variations.
“Nepal, in particular, has been singled…