Jamaica Tourism Minister Holds Urgent Meetings Ahead of Hurricane Beryl

As Jamaica braces for the potential impact of Hurricane Beryl, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has convened several urgent strategy meetings since Sunday, June 30, 2024, with the Policy and Planning Group and other key members of the Ministry’s Tourism Emergency Operations Centre (TEOC).

The meetings, which included Ministry of Tourism officials, Chairmen and Executive Directors of public bodies of the Ministry, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), and other leading private sector tourism stakeholders, were aimed at ensuring the tourism sector is fully prepared to face the possible challenges posed by the hurricane.

 “The entire TEOC team and all our tourism stakeholders remain committed to safeguarding our tourism sector and ensuring that all necessary measures are in place to mitigate the impact of Hurricane Beryl. This collaboration among key stakeholders is essential to our preparedness efforts,” Minister Bartlett said.

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He outlined that “preparations have been made for the full activation of the TEOC Centre at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel at midday today (July 2).” He added that the TEOC team is therefore currently focusing on several preparedness activities, including:

  1. Ensuring hotels, Airbnbs, and tourism attractions follow comprehensive hurricane preparedness plans.
  2. Coordinating with local authorities to secure the safety and well-being of staff and tourists.
  3. Establishing communication protocols to provide timely updates and guidance to all tourism sector entities.
  4. Stocking emergency supplies and securing facilities to minimise potential damage.
  5. Implementing evacuation plans where necessary and ensuring that emergency contact information is readily available.

Jamaica Minister Bartlett underscored that “the TEOC team will continue to monitor the situation closely and provide updates as needed. The team will also maintain contact with our tourism partners, including Airlines and Cruise lines. I urge all tourism stakeholders to remain vigilant and to follow all safety guidelines to ensure the protection of life and property.” 

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