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TOURISM MINISTER LOOKING TO EXCEED GROWTH TARGET

Posted by SR (riley) on Nov 03 2016 at 2:19 AM
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Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says he is looking to surpass the five per cent growth target over five years, which he has set for the sector.Minister Bartlett said that work being undertaken through the Tourism Linkages Network to develop initiatives in sports and entertainment, shopping, knowledge, health and wellness and gastronomy, will position the sector to exceed the mark.  “It is through the linkages that we are going to be able to get the economic penetration and supply on the demand that tourism provides and creates, by increasing the numbers of visitors who come,” he contended.

Starting in 2017, the Minister is looking to increase visitor arrivals to five million per year, moving earnings to US$5 billion.
Minister Bartlett said the Tourism Linkages Council under the chairmanship of Sandals Resorts Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Adam Stewart, has been doing a good job, so far, in creating new and exciting growth areas.  “We have built out five networks to support the five pillars of growth, and the leaders of those networks have been working very hard,” he said.
 The five growth pillars include tapping into new markets, developing new products, promoting investment, building new partnerships, and human capital renewal.

“Jamaica is poised for great things and, in fact, is congealing into a key centre for global tourism.  I am determined that the partnership that must subsist to enable the capacity to supply on the demand of tourism, will be had,” Minister. Bartlett underscored.

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