KINGSTON, Jamaica. — A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Global Tourism Resilience & Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC) and George Brown College to establish a Satellite Resilience Centre on the college grounds. George Brown College will become GTRCMC’s first Canadian partner.
The new Satellite Resilience Centre will focus on research and development, policy advocacy and communication management, program/project design and management, and training and capacity building. The centre will also anticipate the next inevitable crises and tourism disruptors so destinations can better prepare themselves.
“We are thrilled to embark on this partnership with George Brown College as they establish a GTRCMC Satellite Centre in Canada. This centre will be a centre of excellence for research related to tourism resilience and an opportunity to exchange knowledge between our countries to benefit global tourism,” says the Honourable Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica. “This is a critical time in history for us to forge global partnerships in order to ensure the resilience of our industry.”
“George Brown College offers an innovative approach to career-oriented education programs and applied research initiatives within the Canadian setting,” says Dr. Gervan Fearon, president of George Brown College. “This partnership with the GTRCMC at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica is an exciting opportunity for our college, particularly for our School of Hospitality & Tourism Management and recently established Brookfield Sustainability Institute. This collaboration includes international learning exchange, joint teaching between our institutions, as well as industry-focused student exchange and applied research activities. This partnership provides the opportunity for our students, faculty and staff to contribute to tourism sustainability in a real and tangible way at a global level.”