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Twenty-five employees from 14 resort properties in Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, have been certified by the Private Security Regulation Authority (PSRA) as part of steps to facilitate Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) compliance and certification.

Participants in the PSRA Security Training Programme, which was conducted in collaboration with the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), were presented with their certificates during a graduation ceremony at the Treasure Beach Sports Complex on November 23.

Executive Director of TPDCo, Dr. Andrew Spencer, who spoke at the function, said the initiative forms part of a wide suite of programmes by the agency to ensure that the operations of entities within the sector are compliant with the laws and regulations under the Tourist Board Act.

This, he added, is in keeping with TPDCo’s mandate of enhancing the tourism product by ensuring stakeholder compliance and a consistently high quality of offerings to clients and guests.

Dr. Spencer advised that the programme’s implementation is already bearing fruit in Treasure Beach, as two of the participating entities will become compliant after obtaining certification, while four of the 12 unlicensed participating entities are in the process of getting the outstanding documents to apply for the JTB licence.

In his remarks, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, who is the Member of Parliament for Southwest St. Elizabeth where Treasure Beach is located, thanked TPDCo for implementing the programme.

“I am happy to see this programme come to fruition. The best way to build any tourism product we have is to build our human resources,” he said.

The training programme was held from October 8 to 12, with sessions conducted by PSRA-approved trainer, Anthony Rodney.

The Product Quality and Training Department in collaboration with the Product Development and Community Tourism Department secured programme funding through Minister Green under the 2018/19 Spruce Up Budget.