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Global Resilience and Crisis Management Centre to be established at UWI

The Global Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, which will deal with climate-related issues, will be established at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Making the disclosure in his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (May 8), Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the…

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Gov’t Providing $100M for High School Tourism Certification Programme

The Ministries of Tourism; and Education, Youth and Information are collaborating to provide $100 million to launch the first certification programme for high-school students to gain entry-level qualification for the hospitality industry. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the initiative aims to establish a curriculum that prepares secondary students for…

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Tourism Revenue Grew by 12.1 Per Cent in 2017

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says revenue from the tourism sector grew by 12.1 per cent in 2017, delivering $62.2 billion to the local economy. Mr. Bartlett, who was speaking in the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, today (May 8), also reported that the sector is…

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Tourism Revenue Grew By 12.1 Per Cent in 2017

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says revenue from the tourism sector grew by 12.1 per cent in 2017, delivering $62.2 billion to the local economy. Mr. Bartlett, who was speaking in the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, today (May 8), also reported that the sector is…

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Record Tourist Arrivals for First Quarter

For the first quarter of 2018, tourist arrivals were at record levels, says Tourism Minister, Hon Edmund Bartlett. Making his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 8, the Minister informed that for the period, total arrivals were 1,298,674, an increase of 6.6 per…

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Housing Solutions for Tourism Workers

The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) is to provide $1 billion over the next five years for the provision of housing solutions for tourism workers. This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives today (May 8). He…

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Latin American Boost for Jamaica’s Tourism

With the traditional markets of the United States, Canada and Europe all showing growth, Jamaica could be looking at another outstanding year in tourism based on positive developments emerging from South America. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, and a Jamaican delegation, which included Chief Strategist and Advisor, Delano Seiveright, recently…

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Tourism Minister Says Safety and Security Issues Impacting Regional Tourism

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says safety and security issues represent the biggest problems facing global tourism and that Jamaica and the rest of the region must never lose sight of that reality. Addressing the opening of the 33rd annual general meeting and conference of the Association of Caribbean…

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PM Pledges Full Support to Grow Tourism Sector

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says that the Government will continue to give the Tourism Ministry and its agencies all the support they need in order to fully maximise the sector’s potential. He said that while the local industry has been performing exceptionally well, “much, much more can…

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Jamaica’s Tourism Booming

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmond Bartlett, says Jamaica continues to see major growth in tourist arrivals, with stopover and cruise-passenger arrivals standing at approximately 1.3 million for the first quarter of 2018. The January to March arrivals represent over 80,000 more visitors to the island than the corresponding period of…

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TEF to Be Repositioned as Centre for Tourism Innovation

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has announced plans to restructure the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to operate as a centre for innovation. Mr. Bartlett explained that the objective is to reposition the agency to better enable the tourism industry to respond to the needs of the ever-changing global market,…

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Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation Certifies First 150 Persons

The island’s tourism product has been boosted with the graduation of the first cohort of 150 certified hospitality workers from the Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation (JCTI). The JCTI, which was created to increase access to certification for recent graduates as well as workers in the industry, saw, for the…

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Anti-Visitor Harassment Measures Bearing Fruit

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says anti-visitor harassment measures being implemented in resort areas are bearing fruit. These include training programmes and sensitization workshops for frontline industry representatives interacting directly with visitors; and heightened vigilance and patrols by resort security officers. Mr. Bartlett says the positive outcomes are evidenced in…

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Jamaica to Host International Religious Crusade

Jamaica’s thrust to become a preferred faith-based tourism destination is expected to be boosted with the staging of the Supernatural Encounter Jamaica crusade in Montego Bay from April 19 to 21. Speaking at a JIS Think Tank at the Agency’s Montego Bay Regional Office on Tuesday (March 20), event coordinator…

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Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival Begins on March 23

The Tourism Linkages Network will be hosting the inaugural staging of the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival from March 23 to 25 at Newcastle in St. Andrew. The festival is part of the initiatives to foster the strategic growth of culinary tourism in Jamaica. The three-day event will showcase the…

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Forestry Dept. Contributes to Success of Tourism

The Forestry Department has been quietly contributing to the success of tourism in Jamaica’s major vacation belt, through the work of the organisation’s Northwest Regional Office, which operates within the island’s forest reserves and forest management areas. “The northwest region, which stretches from Hanover to St. Ann, covers a wide…

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Stakeholder Consensus on Factors for Tourism’s Success in the Caribbean

Caribbean tourism officials, including Jamaica’s Portfolio Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, believe greater air access from source markets and significant hotel investments are recipes for the industry’s success in the region. They note that it is against this background that countries like Jamaica have been active in the marketplace, securing arrangements…

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Pension Scheme for Tourism Workers by Mid -2018

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the much-anticipated Tourism Workers’ Pension Scheme should be up and running by mid-2018. He said that the pensions committee, which is chaired by retired actuary, Daisy Coke, is moving steadily towards completing the preliminary processes related to the scheme. “Finally, the long-awaited pension…

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Entrepreneurs Encouraged to Take Advantage of Tourism Opportunities

Government Senator, Don Wehby, has implored entrepreneurs to take advantage of the abundance of business opportunities resulting from the exponential growth of the tourism sector. Speaking at the Tourism Service Excellence Awards ceremony at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on March 17, Senator Wehby encouraged small businesses, in particular, to…

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Bartlett Says Tourism Has Been Catalyst for Growth

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says tourism has been the catalyst for the growth of the Jamaican economy, as it “enabled the value-added which lifted the gross domestic product (GDP) and indeed the growth rate on an annual basis”. Speaking at a Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovation (JCTI) pilot…

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