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Postal Corporation of Jamaica has issued a series of stamps to commemorate the centenary of the Jamaica Hotel Act of 1904.
The law provided for incentives for hotel construction and stimulated the development of the tourist industry.
The stamps, which are valued at $40, are available at post offices across the island. They feature personalities credited with the inception and subsequent development of Jamaica’s hotel and tourism infrastructure. These are: Abe Issa, first chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB); Ambassador John Pringle, first Director of Tourism; Gordon “Butch” Stewart, chairman of the Sandals Group and former member of the JTB; John Issa, former chairman of the JTB; Christopher Blackwell, chairman of Island Outpost and recipient of the Caribbean Hotel Association Award; and Ralph Lauren, philanthropist and chairman and chief executive officer of Polo Ralph Lauren.
Previous commemorative stamps have been issued for reggae icon Robert “Bob” Marley, Sir Winston Churchill and Princess Diana.
Minister of Commerce, Science and Technology, Phillip Paulwell, who presented Ambassador John Pringle with the stamp in his likeness in London recently, said that Mr. Pringle had distinguished himself as a pioneer in the tourist industry. “We seek to honour you for the tremendous role you have played. We believe that we ought to honour people who laid the building blocks”, he stated.
The stamps presented to Ambassador Pringle also feature the Round Hill Hotel, which he founded. Mr. Paulwell noted that the stamps were being released at a time when there was tremendous growth in the tourist sector.

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