The Government of Jamaica and the Republic of Kenya recently signed three Memoranda of Understanding to facilitate closer bi-lateral relations in the areas of Sports, Culture, and Heritage, Political Consultation and Tourism.
Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation in the Field of Tourism, will result in greater interactions between both countries.
The Minister was speaking at a press briefing, held at the Tourism Ministry’s New Kingston offices, yesterday, (August 7).
The MoU was signed on Monday, August 5, by Minister Bartlett and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Monica Juma, at the Office of the Prime Minister.
Mr. Bartlett outlined the details of the Mou, which he indicate calls for the exchange of information and data related to tourism and experience sharing in the use of information technology platforms within the tourism sector.
He noted that the MoU also provides for the exchange of information on the tourism sector regulations and enforcement mechanisms; the exchange of knowledge and experience in beach management programmes; the exchange of knowledge and expertise in public-private partnerships; and the exchange of information on cruise ship management programmes.
Also, the MoU provides for the exchange of knowledge and expertise in cultural and heritage tourism development programmes; and the exchange of cooperation between tourism stakeholders, including hotels, tour operators and media, in the areas of promotion, marketing, destination development and management.
It also establishes exchange programmes for cooperation in human resource development; encourages investment in the tourism and hospitality sector; participation in travel fairs and exhibitions in both countries; and to promote safe, ethical and sustainable tourism.
There is also the establishment of a satellite centre of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre in Kenya. The Minister also informed that Jamaica will be providing full support to Kenya for hosting the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) general assembly in 2021.