Jamaica’s presence at the recently concluded international trade fair in Spain has reaped tremendous benefits for the island’s recovering tourism sector, says Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett.
In an interview with JIS News, Mr. Bartlett said the visit by a high-powered Jamaican delegation, which included Director of Tourism Donovan White and Chief Strategist and Senior Adviser in the Ministry of Tourism Delano Seiveright, sealed a major partnership in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC) and international payment processing giants Mastercard.
The visit also resulted in commitments from international investors, all wanting to do business in Jamaica.
“Our team had a series of meetings with tourism investors and the news could not have been better. The Jamaican brand was on full display and attracted a lot of interest,” Mr. Bartlett said.
“Coming out of those talks is the commitment for 9,000 new rooms and also plans for 2,000 rooms for tourism workers. Because of the expected boom throughout the sector, it’s natural that persons will be flocking to the tourist areas seeking jobs… and this is where housing becomes very important,” he added.
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