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  • President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Nicola Madden Greig, is upbeat about the prospects of the first ever tourism speed networking event on January 21.
  • The event, which was organized to bring tourism-related suppliers and hoteliers together with a view to improving trade between the various groups, was staged by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment’s Linkages Council, in collaboration with the JHTA and the JMA.
  • Addressing the opening ceremony, Mrs. Madden Greig said the coming together of several suppliers and hoteliers for the event is the dawning of a new day for tourism in Jamaica.

President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Nicola Madden Greig, is upbeat about the prospects of the first ever tourism speed networking event, staged at the Half Moon Conference Centre in Montego Bay, on January 21.

The event, which was organized to bring tourism-related suppliers and hoteliers together with a view to improving trade between the various groups, was staged by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment’s Linkages Council, in collaboration with the JHTA and the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA).

Addressing the opening ceremony, Mrs. Madden Greig said the coming together of several suppliers and hoteliers for the event is the dawning of a new day for tourism in Jamaica.

“Today marks a historic and significant milestone for Jamaica as we continue to forge new partnerships and linkages towards strengthening and showcasing brand Jamaica. For over 50 years, the JHTA and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), have been the standard bearers for brand Jamaica. Each year we visit the major markets of the USA, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America, pounding the streets in heat, rain or snow enticing visitors to our shores for a true Jamaican experience,” she said.

According to Mrs. Madden Greig, the efforts of the JHTA and the JTB have resulted in major increases in visitor arrivals to the island.

She added that the tourism industry generates approximately US$2 billion in earnings per year and that is supported by hotels and attractions which continue to showcase a wide range of Jamaican products and services to the visitors.

Looking forward to the participants at the event doing brisk business, Mrs. Madden Greig said over 52 hotel and attraction operators and 80 suppliers are in attendance.

“Today’s event (the tourism linkages speed networking event) seeks to broaden and deepen that relationship with over 52 hotels and attractions meeting  with 80 suppliers to the industry, with almost 1,000 appointments,” she noted.

The speed networking event received sponsorship from a number of companies, including the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, Sandals Resorts International, JAMPRO, Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).

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