We facilitate business continuity, global sustainability and economic growth in the tourism eco-system helping you to prepare for, manage and recover from a crisis.

The Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC) is an international Think-Tank headquartered in Jamaica, with offices in Africa, Canada, and the Middle East. Founded in 2018 by Mr. Edmund Bartlett, GTRCMC helps tourism stakeholders worldwide prepare for, manage and recover from a crisis. This is accomplished through providing services such as training, crisis communications, policy advice, project management, event planning, monitoring, evaluation, research, and data analytics. The thematic focus of the GTRCMC includes climate resilience, security and cybersecurity resilience, digital transformation and resilience, entrepreneurial resilience, and pandemic resilience.

Visa Requirements

Do I need a visa to go to Malaga, Spain?  

If you are a citizen of a country that is part of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA), you do not need a visa to travel to Spain. Citizens of EU and EEA countries have the right to free movement within the Schengen Area, which includes Spain and can enter Spain for short stays for tourism, business, or other purposes without a visa, using their valid passport or national identity card.

However, if you are a citizen of a country that is not part of the EU or EEA, you may need a visa to enter Spain, depending on your nationality. Spain, as a Schengen Area country, has visa requirements that apply to citizens of certain countries.

Schengen visa  

The Schengen visa is a type of visa that allows travellers to enter and travel within the Schengen Area, which is a group of 27 European countries that have agreed to abolish passport control at their mutual borders.

This area includes most European Union (EU) member states, as well as some non-EU countries such as Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, and Liechtenstein.

The Schengen Area consists of 23 EU member states and four non-EU countries:

Austria Belgium Croatia
Czech Republic Denmark Estonia
Finland France Germany
Greece Hungary Iceland
Italy Latvia Liechtenstein
Lithuania Luxembourg Malta
Netherlands Norway Poland
Portugal Slovakia Slovenia
Spain Sweden Switzerland

The Schengen visa allows travellers to visit one or more countries within the Schengen Area for a specified period of time, usually up to 90 days within 180 days. The visa can be used for various purposes, such as tourism, business, family visits, or medical treatment.

Obtaining a Schengen visa:  

It usually requires applying at the consulate or embassy of the country that is the main destination of the traveller’s trip. The visa application process typically involves providing documentation such as a valid passport, proof of travel insurance, proof of accommodation, financial means to cover the trip, and a completed visa application form. The application is usually processed by the relevant consulate or embassy, and if approved, a Schengen visa sticker is affixed to the traveller’s passport, allowing them to enter and travel within the Schengen Area. It’s important to note that the Schengen visa does not guarantee entry into the Schengen Area, as travellers may still be subject to border checks upon arrival.

National Visa:  

If you plan to stay in Spain for more than 90 days or for a specific purpose such as work, study, or family reunification, you may need to apply for a National Visa, also known as a long-stay or type D visa. This type of visa allows you to stay in Spain for a longer duration. It may require additional documentation specific to your purpose of visit, such as a job offer or enrollment in a Spanish educational institution. You will need to apply for a National Visa at the Spanish consulate or embassy in your home country or the country of your current residence.

Visa Exemptions:  

Citizens of certain countries, such as the European Union and the European Economic Area, as well as some other countries, may be exempt from the requirement to obtain a visa for short stays in Spain. However, even if you are visa-exempt, you may still need to comply with certain entry requirements, such as having a valid passport, sufficient funds for your stay, and proof of onward travel.

Additional Requirements:  

In addition to a visa, you may be required to provide other documentation when entering Spain, such as travel insurance, accommodation bookings, or proof of sufficient funds to cover your stay. It is important to check the specific requirements based on your nationality and the purpose of your visit.

Travel restrictions related to COVID-19:

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Spain, like many other countries, may have specific entry requirements or restrictions in place, including testing, quarantine, or vaccination requirements. It is essential to check the latest information from the Spanish authorities or your nearest Spanish consulate or embassy before planning your travel to Spain.

Please note: The information contained in this website is for general information purposes only. Any reliance you place on such information is, therefore, strictly at your own risk. Please contact your nearest embassy for accurate, up-to-date information. For the latest information please visit exteriores.gob.es.

For more information regarding travel to the Schengen Area please visit Europa.eu

Conference Format

The conference will adopt a hybrid format, seamlessly integrating both in-person and virtual components. This global event, spanning three continents—Africa, Europe, and the Americas—will transcend time zones to bring together diverse participants. Several panels from these continents will offer cross-conference virtual activities to ensure inclusivity and engagement across regions, allowing attendees, whether physically present or online, to interact and collaborate. This unique approach aims to foster a truly global dialogue, bridging geographical boundaries and promoting intercontinental exchange.

Conference Locations
  • Malaga, Spain – Feb 16 and 17, 2024 (Europe)
  • Montego Bay, Jamaica – Feb 16 and 17, 2023 (Americas)
  • Nairobi, Kenya – Feb 16 and 17, 2023 (Africa)
Conference Presentation Formats

Oral Presentations (15 Minutes)

This is the standard format for presentations. Oral presentations consist of the presenter verbally communicating their research findings to the audience, frequently supplemented with a PowerPoint slideshow. In general, oral presentations are structured into parallel sessions consisting of four to five presentations, organized by stream.


Workshop Presentation (50 Minutes)

A workshop is a concise yet impactful course, with a duration of 50 minutes, that is instructed by a seasoned practitioner or researcher, typically possessing a doctoral degree. A reduced number of participants engages in information exchange and group interaction is promoted, in contrast to the typical format of a plenary session. Workshops frequently encompass activities such as skill development, problem-solving, and the distribution of novel scholarly materials or approaches. In contrast to oral presentations, conference workshops are generally characterized by an emphasis on instruction and interaction. Participants collaborate with the workshop presenter to address a specific topical issue.

Full Panel Presentations (60 Minutes)

Panel presentations are conceptualized and coordinated by individuals who solicit presenters to participate in an engaging discourse pertaining to a particular subject matter. The presentations delivered by the panellists do not have titles attached to them. The topics that are to be addressed ought to be explicitly delineated in the proposals for panel discussions. Joint papers may be submitted by presenters for publication in the Conference Proceedings. Their duration is sixty minutes, and their structure is generally as follows:

  • Introduction
  • Brief presentations by panelists
  • Discussion