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Tourism Minister, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett has appointed a nine-man Tourism Advisory Council with the mandate of assisting in the shaping and implementation of policies for the tourism industry. The Council includes some of Jamaica’s most successful tourism and business professionals.
The members are Group Managing Director of Lascelles deMercado and Company, Mr. William McConnell, hoteliers Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Chairman of the Sandals Group, Chairman of Super Clubs, Mr. John Issa, Chairman of the Iberostar Hotel, Mr. Miguel Fluxa, Chairman of the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites, Mr. Karl Hendrickson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica Property Company Limited, Maurice Facey, Managing Director of Charela Inn, Mr. Daniel Grizzle, Chairman of the Hart Group of Companies, Mr. Tony Hart and Attorney-at-Law, Mr. Hugh Hart.
The terms of reference for the Council include the mapping and implementation of a long term policy direction for the tourism sector, addressing global, regional and local issues which affect the operation of the industry and forging appropriate partnerships and strategic alliances.
The Council is also charged with the responsibility of designing strategies aimed at further diversifying our tourism product, expanding source markets, achieving growth in the sector and identifying a sustainable source of funding to support marketing and airlift programmes.
In announcing the members of the Advisory Council, an upbeat Minister Bartlett expressed confidence in its members and said “the group represents a blend of the best minds in the tourism, business and legal fraternities, which will move Jamaica’s tourism industry to higher heights.”
Minister Bartlett opined that “this team, which includes the head of the world’s two most successful hotel chains as well as others who have made significant contributions to the development of the tourism industry, business and law, is expected to start working on a plan which when implemented, should see the dawning of a new day for the industry.”The first meeting of the Tourism Advisory Council is expected to take place early in the New Year.