Jamaican engineers repeatedly overlooked for local jobs, says hotel manager
Sherine Williams, Gleaner Writer
At least one local hotel manager is supporting the call for local engineering companies to be given opportunities to build more hotels in Jamaica.
General Manager of the Trelawny-based Melia Jamaica Braco Village, Dimitris Kosvogiannis, says hiring Jamaican engineers builds the economy, but also ensures that adequate work is done on the hotels.
He says very often foreign engineers do poor work on local hotels because they are trying to cut costs which are hiked because of the labour they import.
Kosvogiannis says construction is not the only area in the local tourism industry where Jamaicans are discriminated against.
He says Jamaicans are repeatedly overlooked for jobs because certain positions are reserved for nationals of the countries that invest in Jamaica's tourism product.