Mandeville Weekly News


Posted by SR (riley) on Dec 23 2016 at 1:12 AM
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Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica has recorded more than US$2 billion in earnings from tourism, so far, this year, noting that the money was earned from the spending of more than 3 million visitors to the island. “Last year, 3.7 million of them came here and spent US$2.56 billion.  We expect by the end of this year to be closing in on four million visitors and we expect to surpass the earnings from last year by a significant percentage.  Right now, we’re running at 5.9 per cent and we could very well get to six per cent on the earnings of last year,” he said.

Meanwhile, Minister Bartlett announced that the Tourism Service Excellence Programme (TSEP), which recognises and rewards outstanding workers in the sector, will return next year, statng that TSEP, which has been revamped, forms part of a strategic marketing effort to highlight Jamaica’s outstanding service standards. Minister Bartlett noted that the prominent position that Jamaica holds in the international marketplace, and the numerous awards that the country has won, are due to the hard work and dedication of the tourism workers.  “We want to ensure that our high service standard never falls, but instead, want to see it improve.  This is why we are focusing on recognising and rewarding our top service providers,” he noted.