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Mega-technology companies ready to meet with Jamaica tourism
Published on August 24, 2017Email To Friend    Print Version

Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett

KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett, is set to travel to San Francisco, California, this week to engage in strategic meetings with American technology mega-companies Google, Airbnb, and Uber Technologies Inc.

The meetings are in tandem with two of the five strategic pillars of the ministry – building new products and fostering new partnerships; and will also be used to promote the UNWTO, GOJ, World Bank Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism, scheduled for November 27 – 29, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

Executives at Airbnb – a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world online – extended an invitation to Bartlett to participate in strategic meetings and to also tour their headquarters in San Francisco on Wednesday August 23.

The meeting will advance discussions regarding an MOU, which was signed with Airbnb in December 2016, to augment and drive growth within the tourism industry. Special focus will also be placed on the possible participation of Airbnb as a sponsor and presenter at the upcoming global conference.

The minister will also meet with senior executives at the headquarters of Google on Thursday. While there, he will get an overview of how Google generally works with tourism boards and ministries worldwide. This includes search trends about the island and how Google can analyze the data; leverage external and public online tools; and outline digital best practices on how to use the power of data to attract more tourists more efficiently.

He will later meet with senior representatives from Uber Technologies Inc. – a ridesharing technology company headquartered in San Francisco, which operates in 633 cities worldwide.
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