• JIS News

    Story Highlights

    • The Government intends to reposition tourism to generate higher rates of growth in job creation, visitor arrival and earnings.
    • The Governor-General further informed that legislation is being developed to create a Tourism Workers’ Pension Scheme, which will deal with seasonality, self-employment and contract work in the industry.
    • The Throne Speech was delivered under the theme: ‘Building a Partnership for Prosperity.’

    The Government intends to reposition tourism to generate higher rates of growth in job creation, visitor arrival and earnings.

    This was announced by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, while delivering the Throne Speech during the 2016/17 Ceremonial Opening of Parliament on April 14 at Gordon House.

    He said the Tourism Linkages Hub will be strengthened to create pathways and opportunities to facilitate strong economic linkages between tourism and other sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture and entertainment.

    The Governor-General further informed that legislation is being developed to create a Tourism Workers’ Pension Scheme, which will deal with seasonality, self-employment and contract work in the industry.

    He said the Ministry of Tourism will also be pursuing the development of a Hospitality College and a Craft Institute.

    “This Hospitality College will train persons at all levels of the tourism sector,” he informed.

    The Governor-General noted that collaboration with HEART Trust/NTA and existing education and training institutions will be reinforced to cater to the training needs of the workforce.

    The Throne Speech was delivered under the theme: ‘Building a Partnership for Prosperity.’