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Prime Minister, The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has lauded the work of the Tourism Product Development Company Ltd (TPDCo), in promoting and maintaining standards in the industry.
“In tourism, it is extremely important to have a product that meets the standards acceptable in the global marketplace,” the Prime Minister said.
Mrs. Simpson Miller was addressing the 10th anniversary staff awards ceremony of TPDCo, which was held recently at the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios, St. Ann.
The Prime Minister said that the organization was doing a tremendous job in training individuals under the Team Jamaica Programme, a creative programme that has been steadily making a positive difference in tourism.
She informed that up to the end of August 2006, TPDCo had trained more than 13,000 Jamaicans under the programme.
As tourism continues to move forward, she said, “we cannot afford to let up on the standards,” noting that product diversification was taking on a new urgency, as Jamaica studied the opportunity for niche marketing and sought to meet the changing demands.
“Excellent opportunities exist in many other areas in Jamaican tourism, but we have not even scratched the surface of the territories to be explored in areas such as nature and eco tourism, sports tourism, cultural heritage, entertainment, conferences and conventions, health and wellness tourism,” she said.
The Prime Minister said that members of TPDCo should remind themselves that they were contributing to the building of an industry and that by stimulating economic activities in sectors, sub sectors, communities and even in households across Jamaica, they were helping to “lift the country out of struggling and into the green fields of permanent prosperity”.
“I am counting on TPDCo to help us prepare the product for Cricket World Cup 2007. Remember that as tourism workers, you hold a substantial part of Jamaica’s hope for a brighter economic future in the palm of your hands,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.

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