According to the Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, 90 percent of planned investments set for the tourism industry is still on stream, despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Minister made his remarks while speaking at the official opening of the $253-million rehabilitated Guava Ridge to Content Gap road in East Rural St. Andrew.
Mr. Bartlett said increasing hotel rooms to 25,000 by 2023 is still on track; a 1,700-room facility will be constructed in St. James; 2,000 rooms are planned for Green Island in Hanover, and a tourism development program for Kingston and Port Royal is still on.
“The faith and confidence in destination Jamaica is still there by the investors of tourism in the world, even though we are all challenged by COVID-19 at this time,” the Minister said.
He said that the Ministry would be placing more emphasis on the industry’s supply-side while prioritizing farmers and manufacturers.
“We are going to spend more time with our farmers and our manufacturers as we seek to enable more of the consumption needs of tourism,” he said.
He said, “I want to enable the local people to do conversion from raw material into added value and finished goods.”
The Minister also noted that a project engineer from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) would be collaborating with the community for design work for the area to be placed on various advertising platforms to showcase their offerings to the global community.
Carol May, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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