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Opposition says Tourism Minister is like a runner on a track without lanes

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2015 | 4:17 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter
Shahine Robinson

Shahine Robinson, the opposition spokesperson on tourism,  has blasted her government counterpart for not doing enough to grow the sector. 

Speaking in the Sectoral Debate after McNeill made his presentation, Robinson said that the approach to managing the sector has been lackluster. 

She said McNeill's leadership of the sector is synonymous to a person running on a track without lanes and without a finish line in target.

She also slammed McNeill for not endorsing a suggestion from former Director of Tourism,  John Lynch, for Jamaica to set its sight on attracting 4 million visitors. 

Earlier McNeill said that arrivals are up, that hotels are full and the Sangster International Airport is seeing heightened activities.

"We are expecting to finish the winter with over 5 per cent growth overall.  Importantly,  the reports are that occupancies, especially in the small and medium-sized hotels, are higher than they have ever been," McNeill said.