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Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, has given the Government’s commitment to partner with the developers of the Holland housing project in Trelawny, on the construction of the first satellite campus for the University of Technology’s (UTech) School of Hospitality.
The housing project, which is being undertaken by Zuccherina Developments Jamaica Limited, and KENCASA Construction and Project Management, will include the university campus, geared towards providing highly trained professionals for the tourism and information technology sectors.
“The Ministry of Tourism will partner with you, in developing the hospitality school here, so that we can not only look to the training of current demand, but the training for future demand,” Mr. Bartlett said at the ground breaking ceremony for the development on Wednesday (December 1).
The creation of the university campus, he said, emphasised the importance of training for workers within the competitive tourist industry, adding that it is only with adequate and necessary training will the Jamaican tourism worker will begin to have an advantage in the market place.
Describing the groundbreaking as “a red letter day” for the parish of Trelawny, he said the project will play a major part in the development of the country’s tourism sector.
“There are 20,000 rooms between Ocho Rios and Montego Bay and by the year 2020, there will be 35,000 rooms within this area, with 10,000 from Trelawny alone,” he pointed out.
The Holland housing project will see the construction of 1,385 housing solutions on some 78 hectares of land. Construction will be done in four phases, with phase one accommodating 446 housing solutions.