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  • Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, is hailing the strong support for the inaugural staging of the Tourism Linkages Speed Networking Event, noting that the large turnout of buyers and suppliers augurs well for the future of the sector.
  • The event, held on Wednesday, January 21, at the Half Moon Conference Centre in Montego Bay, brought together some 50 hotels and attractions and over 80 local manufacturers and suppliers of goods and services.
  • It provided the platform for suppliers to market their products and services to members of the hotel and attractions trade, and make contacts and negotiate business contracts for 2015 and beyond.

Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, is hailing the strong support for the inaugural staging of the Tourism Linkages Speed Networking Event, noting that the large turnout of buyers and suppliers augurs well for the future of the sector.

The event, held on Wednesday, January 21, at the Half Moon Conference Centre in Montego Bay, brought together some 50 hotels and attractions and over 80 local manufacturers and suppliers of goods and services.

It provided the platform for suppliers to market their products and services to members of the hotel and attractions trade, and make contacts and negotiate business contracts for 2015 and beyond.

Minister McNeill, in his keynote address at the opening of the event, said the “large turnout is a gratifying demonstration of real commitment to the concept of backward and forward linkages, which we all realize, can make a great contribution to the development of a truly sustainable tourism sector”.

The Tourism and Entertainment Minister said based on a publication from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Jamaica “was among the countries cited as examples of developing countries, which have established dedicated tourism linkages programmes, which set out actions needed to amplify links to rectify the problems”.

“However, as we all appreciate, setting out actions is one thing, taking action is another…today we are taking action and the results are to be seen…and prove the truth of the old saying…action speaks louder than words,” he said.

Minister McNeill said he is confident that during the meetings of suppliers of goods and services and the hoteliers, the eyes of the purchasers will be opened to the wide varieties of services and fine quality products that are available here in Jamaica.

He said “I am proud of today’s event and feel that the collaboration and team work of this partnership between the public and private sectors through the Tourism Linkages Council is a model, which must be replicated throughout our society”.

The Tourism Linkages Speed Networking Event, which was staged through the Ministry’s Tourism Linkages Hub, received support from a number of private and public sector companies including Sandals Resorts International, JAMPRO, Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).

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