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Bartlett named adviser to international travel group

Published:Friday | April 19, 2019 | 1:28 PM
Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett - File photo

Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, has accepted an invitation to become an adviser to international travel writers’ group — Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA).

The invitation was made by the group’s Secretary General, Sagur Ahluwalia, last Friday who shared that Jamaican tourism minister’s rich experience will be beneficial to the organisation.

“It is an honour to have been selected as an adviser to the prestigious PATWA organisation. I offer my services to the organisation and hope that we are able to share ideas which will have a positive impact on the growth of tourism both regionally and internationally,” Bartlett said.

PATWA is a professional organisation of travel writers which was founded in 1998, at the Pacific Area Travel Association (PATA) Conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Its founding philosophy is to support PATA's primary objectives of being a catalyst for responsibly developing the travel and tourism industry in the Asia Pacific region.

Bartlett was this year awarded the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association’s (PATWA) Tourism Minister of the Year for Sustainable Tourism for 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

During the awards presentation, Jamaica also received PATWA’s International Travel Award for Destination of the Year.

The awards recognised ­individuals and organisations that have excelled and/or are involved in the promotion of ­tourism from different sectors of the travel trade and service ­providers related directly or indirectly to the industry.

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