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Bartlett to seek help for Caribbean islands battered by Hurricane Irma

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says he will be leveraging his role as chairman of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation’s (UNWTO) Board of Affiliate Members to appeal for aid for Caribbean islands recently devastated by Hurricane Irma.

Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history, earlier this week left a path of death and destruction across the Leeward Islands and the Northern Caribbean.

Bartlett says aid will most likely come from the UNWTO Sustainable Tourism - Eliminating Poverty Initiative (ST-EP) Foundation, which promotes poverty alleviation through the provision of assistance to sustainable development projects in developing countries.

While expressing deep sympathies to the people of the Caribbean impacted by Hurricane Irma, the tourism minister thanked the UNWTO for pledging to assist in rebuilding the tourism industry in the affected countries.

“We are all a part of the regional tourism family, so it is important that we are willing to help each other in times of need. This week I will be in Chengdu, China... for the 22nd Session of the UNWTO General Assembly and I plan to use the opportunity to appeal to my colleague Affiliate Members for further assistance to affected countries,” said Bartlett.

“Many of the islands devastated by the hurricane are heavily dependent on tourism.  It is important that we assist in any way possible to help them to rebuild the sector,” Bartlett further stated.