Minister of Tourism of Jamaica Edmund Bartlett attends the 'Ministerial Segment' meeting held within the third UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture at Lutfi Kirdar Congress Hall in Istanbul, Turkey on December 3, 2018. (Photo by Erhan Elaldi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, has been elected by acclamation as the new Chairman of the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Committee on Tourism (CITUR).

Bartlett came out ahead of the candidates from Paraguay and Ecuador for the chairmanship at a meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 30. Both countries will now serve as vice chair of the CITUR.

Chair of the OAS’ Inter-American Council for Integral Development, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States (US), Audrey Marks, congratulated Bartlett on behalf of the member states.

“I wish you … much success in the work that you will be leading as we begin deliberations to prepare the draft work plan based on the Declaration of Paraguay towards the reconstruction and rebuilding of tourism post coronavirus (COVID-19),” she said.

Bartlett, in his response, called on all member states to work together to complete the plans and policy programs that they had started.

This, he said, “would require a greater sense of innovation, as we cannot continue with things as they are. “We must now seek to find new ways to deal with new disruptions that seem destined to follow this pandemic,” he added.

He pledged to be a strong, fruitful and vibrant chairman and called for the support of each member state.

“We have so much to do and I know the Americas are depending on us to chart the way to recovery and to thrive after recovery,” he said.

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