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  • The Ministry of Tourism is drafting a policy that will govern the five linkage networks shortlisted to spur further growth in the sector.
  • Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the policy should be completed by the end of September to enable him to make a Cabinet submission shortly thereafter.
  • Mr. Bartlett underscored the importance of securing full buy-in from all stakeholders, including his Cabinet colleagues.

The Ministry of Tourism is drafting a policy that will govern the five linkage networks shortlisted to spur further growth in the sector.

These include gastronomy, sport and entertainment, health and wellness, shopping, and knowledge.

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, said the policy should be completed by the end of September to enable him to make a Cabinet submission shortly thereafter.

Mr. Bartlett said the areas of focus, as well as agriculture and manufacturing, are “critical inputs”, which are being positioned to generate significant revenue and visitor arrivals.

In an interview with JIS News after hosting a linkages network strategy session at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on August 10, Mr. Bartlett indicated that the policy will outline the operational parameters and fiscal arrangements that will be afforded to stakeholders producing goods and services for the sector.

“Once you are a part of the tourism services arrangement or the supply chain, and you are registered with the Jamaica Tourist Board and you fall within the ambit of our destination management strategies at the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), then the space will be available to you,” he outlined.

The Minister explained that agriculture and manufacturing will not be included in the policy as “they are already covered by all the protocols which deal with fiscal arrangements”.

Mr. Bartlett underscored the importance of securing full buy-in from all stakeholders, including his Cabinet colleagues.

He said consequent on Cabinet’s approval, “investment arrangements can be put in place, so persons will know the activities they are investing in and what benefits will accrue”.

Mr. Bartlett said September was chosen for the policy’s completion as this is the designated timeline for the Ministry’s full roll-out of key activities, “to drive us to a 2018 date of full implementation” that supports the administration’s growth target of five per cent per annum.