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0 | 2019-01-28 11:50:00

Jamaica came away as big winners at the 2019 Travvy Awards held in New York City last night copping 5 major awards including Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett being awarded the inaugural Chairman’s Award for Global Tourism Innovation and the Jamaica Tourist Board awarded the best Tourist Board in the Caribbean.

Jamaica’s team of officials was led by Delano Seiveright, Senior Advisor/Strategist and Donnie Dawson, Deputy Director of Tourism, the Americas and other JTB managers.

Minister Bartlett was recognized with the inaugural Chairman's Award for Global Tourism Innovation for the development of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC).  The award was collected by Seiveright, on behalf of Minister Bartlett who is attending the international tourism trade fair, FITUR in Spain and also concluding negotiations with two new hotel brands that are set to develop in Jamaica. The Travvy Awards team in its official comment on the award noted that the “introduction of the Centre by Bartlett, and the foreseen positive impact it will have on tourism, placed Mr. Bartlett and his beloved Jamaica at the top of the list. His role within the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) is a clear representation as to his commitment to advancing tourism financially, culturally and in a sustainable manner.”


Jamaica also won: Best Wedding destination; Best Honeymoon destination and Best Culinary destination to thunderous applause from the packed hall of primarily American travel industry stakeholders.

The annual Travvy Awards—known as the Academy Awards of the travel industry— was held at Gotham Hall in New York City to recognize the highest standards of excellence in the travel industry by honoring travel companies, travel products, travel agencies, and destinations for their outstanding achievements.

This year, over 100,000 votes—the largest voting block of travel agents in history—were cast to determine the 2019 Travvy Awards winners.


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