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JAMVAC to be restructured

Published:Tuesday | December 20, 2016 | 12:57 AM
Bartlett says JAMVAC will be instrumental in working with tour operators and airlines to facilitate connectivity.

The Tourism Ministry says Jamaica Vacations Limited (JAMVAC) is to be reconfigured in 2017 to more efficiently drive air connectivity and bring more routes to the Jamaican tourism sector.

Speaking in an interview on the JIS television programme, Issues & Answers, portfolio minister, Edmund Bartlett, said JAMVAC will be instrumental in working with tour operators and airlines to facilitate connectivity.

Meanwhile, he says Jamaica is on track to have connectivity with a new tourist market from China, due to improvements in technology, which will lead to more cost-effective flights between the two countries.

Bartlett adds that the Government will also be looking at building out the infrastructure in specific areas across the island to expand the tourism space. 

The tourism minister notes that these initiatives fall into an overall growth strategy for the tourism sector.

The Government has set a target of earning US$5 billion, hosting five million visitors, increasing room count to 50,000 and generating direct employment for 125,000 persons in five years.