Growth and jobs |  Launch of tourism innovation incubator |  News

Growth and jobs | Launch of tourism innovation incubator | News

THE MINISTRY of Tourism will launch a special incubator to stimulate innovation within the tourism sector during Tourism Awareness Week on September 30.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett explained that the incubator would discover new ideas and then “incentivize ideas by providing financial support”.

He said that the creation of the innovation incubator for tourism is part of the general political direction of the ministry to generate knowledge within the sector through young people.

“We will have a training ground for these young people whose ideas we are putting out. We will then compare their results … with private sector entities,” Bartlett said.

He stressed that the incubator is an additional channel to create new skill sets within the tourism sector by encouraging more young people to get involved in the industry.

“If a young person comes up with a new idea about some process in tourism, or how to do a particular task better in a hotel, or how to create added value to an attraction that we now have, we can match them with the particular business group. , hotel [or] attraction [or] we can link them to the technology that is giving rise to the innovative thoughts they have generated,” he explained.

The launch of the incubator is being led by the Tourism Improvement Fund. A special unit was created within the agency to implement the initiative.

Bartlett said the facility is a “government-wide activity” as it will also tie in with the Ministry of Finance and Public Service’s innovation incubator program.

Meanwhile, other activities are being planned to mark the celebration of this year’s Tourism Awareness Week, scheduled for September 25 to October 1, under the theme ‘Rethinking Tourism’.

Events will include a church service, Edmund Bartlett’s virtual lecture series, the launch of an online resource guide, the ‘Style Jamaica’ fashion show, a visionary symposium on tourism opportunities, a youth forum, a special virtual knowledge forum , a tourism stakeholder engagement activity and a youth poster contest.

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