High level inaugural tourism leadership meetings today
Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett is set to address the newly expanded Tourism Linkages Council and the Tourism Competitiveness Task Force at his Ministry’s offices in New Kingston on today.
Among the new members of the Tourism Linkages Council are CEO of Sandals International Adam Stewart, who serves as Chairman; Christine Cohen, Owner of the Spa Retreat Boutique Hotel in Negril and a Director of the Negril Chamber of Commerce; David Butler, General Manager of Digicel; Kamal Bankay, Entertainment Consultant; Mauricio Pulido, CEO, GB Energy Jamaica.
The Tourism Linkages Network is supported by a Tourism Linkages Council.
That Council is made up of public and private sector partners who oversee the coordination and implementation of effective and sustainable strategies which strengthen and facilitate linkages.
Senior Advisor to the Tourism Minister, Delano Seiveright says the primary objective of the Tourism Linkages network is to increase the consumption of goods and services that can be competitively sourced locally.
"It also aims to create employment while generating and retaining more of the country’s foreign exchange earnings. The Council represents a strong and effective mix of the right industry players," he said.
The Tourism Competitiveness Taskforce will, at the same time, seek to position Jamaica as a preferred destination above all others among the millions who travel the world each year.
The taskforce is chaired by hotelier, Josef Forstmayr.