Edmund (Ed) Curtis Bartlett, a marketing executive and long-standing Parliamentarian, was appointed Minister of Tourism in September 2007.
Bartlett is no stranger to the tourism portfolio, having been the Opposition spokesman on tourism and matters related to the Jamaican Diaspora during the last administration. In over 22 years in the Jamaican Parliament, he has served as Minister of Youth and Community Development as well as Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and Culture.
Bartlett assumed the position as Minister of Tourism in Jamaica at a time when the island is experiencing substantial infrastructural development in its tourist industry. Over the last three years, the number of hotel rooms has been increasing at a rapid rate and it is anticipated that hotel room inventory will continue to increase at an average of 4,600 rooms per year between 2008 and 2010.
The former Minister of Tourism had expressed his determination to focus on marketing, product development and investment in keeping Jamaica in the forefront of Caribbean tourism and has already set an aggressive growth target for the destination.
Mr. Bartlett has been married for over 32 years and is the father of two.