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Business interests within the local tourism and hospitality sector are invited to participate in the ‘Opportunities Jamaica 2009’ Expo, to be staged by Jamaica Trade and Invest, on March 26, at the Half Moon Conference Centre, in Montego Bay, St. James.
Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ today (March 18), at the agency’s head office on Half-Way-Tree Road, President of the JTI, Robert Gregory, explained that ‘Opportunities Jamaica 2009’ is a business linkage event, which would focus on networking, business matchmaking and product display opportunities.
“The activity of ‘Opportunities Jamaica 2009’ and the focus on tourism, is to bring service and goods providers within the industry together with the buyers from the hotels, so they can see the range of quality products and services that the Jamaican economy has to offer,” Mr. Gregory pointed out.
He outlined that the tourism industry could be seen as a powerful avenue and market to be exploited, in terms of networking and creating linkages for further investment and business development.
The event will target a range of tourism players, including purchasing managers, executive chefs, operation managers of hotels, restaurants, tourist gift shops and spa facilities, which are located in the tourist resort areas.
The President said that the idea is to create a “business matchmaking and networking environment,” which involves “grouping people in terms of their areas of interest with suppliers who can match those interests,” with the hope of striking deals for the provision of those services.
He further pointed out that the event would be used as an opportunity to identify potential linkages, oversee their implementation through the provision of technical business services and assistance, as well as follow-up on networks relevant to the business linkages.
The day’s proceedings will be opened with an address by the Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Karl Samuda. There will also be presentations on business opportunities for local suppliers; business matchmaking sessions, and the viewing of exhibitions, mounted by Jamaican suppliers with products for the tourism and hospitality sector. The event will last from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For more information on ‘Opportunities Jamaica 2009’, persons can contact JTI at 978-7755 or visit the website at: www.jamaicatradeandinvest.org.

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