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Jamaica

Blue Ocean Strategy Will Reset Tourism Sector – Bartlett

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says that the Blue Ocean Strategy will play a major role in resetting Jamaica’s tourism industry. He explained that the strategy calls for the creation of business models that depart from traditional models based on competition and standardization. “It will see our Ministry pursuing enhanced value-creation through product differentiation and diversification, which will allow destination […]

Jamaica

Jamaicans Encouraged To Write And Publish Own Stories

Jamaicans are being encouraged to write and publish their own stories, by the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Hon. Olivia Grange. Speaking during a virtual celebration of World Book and Copyright Day 2021, on Friday (April 23), Miss Grange said it is important to write and “to tell our stories from our unique perspectives.” “Our song writers are […]

NEWS

Ecuador’s Health Minister Resigns Amid Alleged Vaccination Scandal

Ecuador’s health minister Juan Carlos Zevallos resigned from his post amid a scandal related to the provision of the covid-19 vaccine to people who are not part of the priority demographic groups.  According to reports, Zevallos allegedly compromised his position by offering several of his relatives, including his 87-year-old mother, doses of the vaccine imported by the government meant for frontline workers. […]

Jamaica

Dr. Clarke — A 3-8 Percent Growth ‘Very Realistic’ For Jamaica

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. Nigel Clarke has argued that the prospects of Jamaica rebounding from the economic fallout because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to record growth within the range of 3-8 percent, beginning the fiscal year 2021-22 are “very realistic”. “As long as we can roll out our vaccine programme, beginning April 2021, and our markets […]

Jamaica

Minister — Tourism No Longer Business As Usual

Photo source: jis Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, is calling for a paradigm shift in the way that tourism is viewed in Jamaica. He said that as the country returns from the vagaries of the COVID-19 pandemic, “partners and all stakeholders” should be aware of the fact that never again will it “be business as usual.” He noted that […]

COMMENTARY

Jamaican Dollar Is Sick

“We cannot, as a nation, afford the cultural perception that our currency is irrelevant,” says a Minister of state in the Jamaican Government. We can deny, because of our cultural perceptions, that our $Ja is irrelevant, but we do not have such luxury to demand or boast that it is not an underling in the marketplace. Indeed, given the choice […]

Jamaica

Minister — Internet Access A Right To Every Citizen

Fayval Williams, the Minister of Science, Energy and Technology says the coronavirus (COVID-19) has brought home forcefully the need to make access to the Internet a right to every citizen. “This right is fundamentally inseparable from the right to education and healthcare,” the Minister said while participating in an online webinar hosted by the Organization of American States (OAS), titled […]

Jamaica

Jamaica’s COVID-19 Cases Jump Again!

Jamaica now has 288 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), with the addition of 31 new cases in its most recent update. The commissioning of a new COBAS machine at the National Public Health Laboratory has allowed the country to not only speed up its testing but also increases its capacity. The new machine complements the testing being […]

Jamaica

Tourism Minister — Competitive Advantage

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has highlighted the importance of providing not only superior quality service in the tourism sector but also authentic attractions. He noted that for Jamaica to maintain its competitive edge in the global tourism marketplace, the country must provide visitors with a genuine and unique experience. “The fact is Jamaica is competing with destinations globally […]

Jamaica

Jamaica’s Tourism Sector Set To Exceed Growth Targets

According to Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, the targets under the 5x5x5 plan are way ahead of schedule, placing the sector on an unprecedented growth path. The five-year growth targets, set in 2016, are aimed at attracting five million tourists, generating US$5 billion in earnings and increasing total direct employment to 125,000 while adding 15,000 rooms. “In only three years, […]