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  • Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is calling for the strengthening of linkages between hoteliers and agro producers in order to increase the use of locally grown produce in the tourism sector.
  • Mr. Bartlett was speaking at a meeting with executive members of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on March 10.
  • Mr. Bartlett said the linkages hub that has been established must be one that creates such partnership and collaboration for the success of tourism and other industries.

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is calling for the strengthening of linkages between hoteliers and agro producers in order to increase the use of locally grown produce in the tourism sector.

“The capacity to do so is what we must generate. There has to be partnership and collaboration because some of the entities may have to partner with local producers in order to get the level of sufficiency that is required to meet the demands,” he said.

Mr. Bartlett was speaking at a meeting with executive members of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) at the Ministry’s New Kingston offices on March 10.

He said similar linkages exist in other countries across the globe and should be forged in Jamaica as well.

“I have visited countries where the partnership exists. The farmers and the hoteliers are in partnership in the production of winter vegetables or they are in collaboration in agro industries to create tomato paste, juice, jam, jellies and meats and the different cuts that are required,” he pointed out.

Mr. Bartlett noted that for the partnership to be successful, agro producers must ensure a reliable and sustainable supply of goods. “We must be able to ensure that the hoteliers have adequacy in all the areas of need and if we can’t produce enough, we have no arguments to require them to purchase locally,” he said.

Mr. Bartlett said the linkages hub that has been established must be one that creates such partnership and collaboration for the success of tourism and other industries.

“For us in Jamaica, tourism is the centrepiece of the economic growth strategies that are being employed…no other industry has the level of connectivity across the sectors as tourism,” he pointed out.