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The Tourism Product Development Company (TPDco) has embarked on a series of workshops to resensitise players in the tourism sector about the coronavirus (COVID-19) health and safety protocols and to encourage greater take up of the vaccines.

The sessions, being conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Wellness, commenced on February 17 in Montego Bay, St. James, and will continue over eight days culminating on March 31. The two-hour sessions will be held face-to-face in all resort areas across the island.

Upcoming workshops will he held on Wednesday, February 23 at Rayon Hotel, Negril, Westmoreland; Friday, February 25 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre; Tuesday, March 3 at Breds Sports Park, Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth; Tuesday, March 8 at Golf View Hotel in

Manchester; Tuesday, March 15 at the St. John’s Anglican Church Hall in Ocho Rios, St. Ann; Thursday, March 17 at Hotel Tim Bamboo, Portland, and Thursday, March 31 at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in Kingston.

The Montego Bay Convention Centre event will be streamed live on all social media platforms of the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) as well as on TPDCo’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Training Manager for the TPDCo’s Western Region, Megan Mollison, told JIS News that the sessions will focus on the established COVID-19 operational protocols, among other safety measures for workers, and training and assessment.

She said that the objective is to “remind persons who are employed in the industry of the guidelines that they still need to maintain, so that we can stay safe as a people, and we can keep our visitors safe”.

Ms. Mollison is encouraging persons who would like to participate in the sessions to contact any TPDCo office across the island to register.

“The flyers are out, and they are posted on all our social media platforms and our website,” she noted.

The TPDCo Training Manager said that the sensitisation workshops augur well for the continued rebound of the tourism industry.

“It’s beneficial to all, as once we practise the tourism protocols and we are safe, then Jamaica will remain that safe, COVID-resilient destination. It’s an opportunity for us to have more visitors coming to our island because they feel safe when they see us practising the protocols,” Ms. Mollison noted.

The Health Promotion and Education Unit of the Ministry of Health and Wellness will lead the sensitisation and information sessions to educate sector players about the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccines.

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