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Jamaica's tourism director John Lynch to demit office next month

Published:Sunday | April 27, 2014 | 9:24 AM

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer



WESTERN BUREAU:

Jamaica's Director of Tourism, John Lynch is to demit office at the end of May, after five and a half years in post.




Lynch also served as chairman for four years of his tenure.



Lynch, who for more than 35 years has been a steady force for many of the Caribbean’s most visible travel brands, including former national carrier, Air Jamaica, Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts, led Jamaica's visitor arrivals to its two millionth mark for the first time in 2013.



His contract with the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) expired last year, but he was asked to stay on until May this year.



A replacement is expected to be found as soon as possible.



Today chairman of the JTB, Dennis Morrison placed an advertisement in the careers section of the Sunday Gleaner inviting suitably qualified applicants for the post.



A veteran in the hospitality sector, Lynch's progression in the industry rose through the tour business, as he became one of the Caribbean’s most influential and sought-after experts and a critical player in bringing worldwide attention and ultimately visitors to the region.



It is not clear if the outgoing tourism director will retire or take up consultancy. 



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