Assamba prepared to join JHTA in fight against gov't's plans to take funds from TEF
Former Tourism Minister Aloun Assamba has joined the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) in rejecting the move by the Government to take money from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) for the Consolidated Fund.
The TEF is directly funded by a charge on airline tickets of arriving visitors, and was designed to remove the burden from the Jamaican taxpayer.
Last evening, the JHTA wrote to Finance Minister Audley Shaw warning that it is prepared to fight to protect the TEF from being dismantled.
This morning, Assamba says she too is prepared to do battle with the JHTA.
Asamaba says when she created the TEF in 2004, the law was very clear that it would never be brought into the Consolidated Fund.
Assamba says it is important that the JHTA gets support in the fight to prevent the Government from raiding the TEF.
Currently, 50 per cent of the TEF is used to market the destination, while the other 50 per cent is used to maintain and develop the tourism product.