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Ensure that tourism workers benefit from industry growth - McNeill

Published:Wednesday | November 30, 2016 | 3:41 PM
Opposition spokesman on tourism Wykeham McNeill.

Opposition spokesman on tourism Wykeham McNeill is urging the government to implement measures to ensure that tourism workers benefit from the growth in the industry. 

Yesterday the Tourism Ministry reported that Jamaica earned US$2.06 billion from the industry from January to October of this year.

The ministry says this is a 5.7 per cent increase over the amount earned for the corresponding period last year.

McNeill says he is pleased with this growth in tourism but adds that the government should not focus solely on increased visitor arrivals and revenue.

He says the government should now ensure that industry workers reap benefits like a pension plan which they are in need of. 


Opposition spokesman on Tourism Wykeham McNeil

He says the previous PNP administration had promised to implement a pension plan for tourism workers in 2017.

McNeill says he has received a commitment to implement the pension scheme from tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett.

Meanwhile, The Tourism Minister says Jamaica remains on track for a record year in tourism.

According the Ministry, between January and October the island has seen an increase in arrivals of  five point 1 per cent over the same period last year.