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  • Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the Linkages Hub is reaping success, by ensuring that more products used in the tourism sector are procured locally.
  • The Minister said that all stakeholders are playing their part role in the arrangement for both manufactured goods and agricultural products.
  • The Tourism Linkages Hub was launched by the Ministry to get greater co-operation between the tourism sector and its agricultural and manufacturing counterparts, with a view to reducing the amount of products imported for the hospitality trade.

Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the Linkages Hub is reaping success, by ensuring that more products used in the tourism sector are procured locally.

Speaking at the opening of the 2015 Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) Tourism Trade Show, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in St. James, on September 20, the Minister said that all stakeholders are playing their part role in the arrangement for both manufactured goods and agricultural products.

The Tourism Linkages Hub was launched by the Ministry to get greater co-operation between the tourism sector and its agricultural and manufacturing counterparts, with a view to reducing the amount of products imported for the hospitality trade.

“The tourism sector has been tremendously supportive of this programme and it has been very successful,” the Minister said.

He noted that the Linkage Council members continue to meet on a regular basis and send him updates on an ongoing basis.

Dr. McNeill said that through the hub, a major bed manufacturer has been contracted by an overseas firm to produce mattresses on a large scale for them.

“What we have now received is proof that the programme has great potential, not only for our local producers to provide jobs and services to the sector, but equally for export. This is undeniable proof of the potential of the sector to be of immeasurable benefit to our people. The Linkages Programme can create greater demand for our products, both locally and overseas,” the Minister added.

Dr. McNeill encouraged participants at the JAPEX trade show to work hard to ensure that visitor arrivals to Jamaica continue to grow.

The annual event, put on by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), offers the ideal forum for leading suppliers of the country’s tourism product to meet with travel wholesalers and tour operators in a professionally-organised business exchange.