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  • Entertainment and construction services will be new features at this year’s ‘Tourism Linkages Speed Networking Event’, slated for Thursday, March 17 at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel and Spa in Montego Bay.
  • Project Manager for the Tourism Linkages Hub, Carolyn McDonald-Riley, told JIS News that the aim is to diversify the businesses participating, by having more service-oriented organisations present.
  • Mrs. McDonald-Riley explained that the speed networking event will take the form of breakout sessions and meetings between managing directors/general managers/chief executive officers of local supplier companies of products and services.

Entertainment and construction services will be new features at this year’s ‘Tourism Linkages Speed Networking Event’, slated for Thursday, March 17 at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel and Spa in Montego Bay.

Project Manager for the Tourism Linkages Hub, Carolyn McDonald-Riley, told JIS News that the aim is to diversify the businesses participating, by having more service-oriented organisations present.

“Specifically, we want to include entertainment and construction services in a more strategic way so we have invited proprietors, who have not yet started building their properties as well as existing hoteliers, who will be expanding and/or refurbishing in the near future.

“Also, entertainment practitioners have requested an opportunity to speak to industry players directly, so this will be ideal for them,” she said.

Mrs. McDonald-Riley explained that the speed networking event will take the form of breakout sessions and meetings between managing directors/general managers/chief executive officers of local supplier companies of products and services, and owners/managers of properties, restaurants, attractions and other tourism entities.

“It is a 15-minute opportunity for persons to sell their business, meet and introduce themselves to the tourism side to say, ‘I have business for you, so do business with me’,” she pointed out.

She further explained that the industry players will be seated while the suppliers will move around for quick interactions based on scheduled appointments.

The event will be open to businesses that offer products and services ranging from chemicals and cleaning products, cosmetic and spa items, toiletry and guest amenities, craft, furniture, bedding, food and beverage, meat, uniform, printing and packaging, fresh produce, construction, training, information and communications technology (ICT), electrical and entertainment.

“It is not a display of goods and services, so there won’t be people showcasing products…persons may bring samples but the intention is not to display goods and services but to present your company or business in the best way in 15 minutes,” Mrs. McDonald-Riley pointed out.

She said the overall aim of the event is to forge stronger partnerships, strengthen linkages and increase business between local manufacturers/suppliers and players in the tourism sector.

The event involves partnership with the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA), Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and other entities.