Kingston, Jan. 14, 2015:
The Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) is collaborating with several public and private sector partners to strengthen linkages between the tourism industry and local manufacturers and suppliers of goods and services to the sector.
The initiative is a "Speed Networking Event" to be presented by the JHTA and joint hosts, the Ministry of Tourism & Entertainment, the Jamaica Manufacturers Association, Jamaica Promotions Corporation, the Rural Agricultural Development Authority and the Jamaica Business Development Corporation. Sandals Resorts International is a sponsor.
The event, scheduled for Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at the Half Moon Resort, will help participants "hit the ground running in 2015" as they make contacts and negotiate business contracts, JHTA President, Nicola Madden-Greig has said.
Noting that the JHTA and Jamaica Tourist Board-hosted annual tourism industry marketplace, Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEx) has for the past three years welcomed exhibitors from the Jamaica Manufacturers Association, Mrs. Madden-Greig said that "the Speed Networking Event will complement that opportunity".
She noted that the event will see interaction between local supplier companies and owners and managers of hotels, restaurants, attractions and other businesses and their key executives in purchasing, food and beverage, housekeeping, maintenance, guest services and other core areas.
Mrs. Madden-Greig said that "the Speed Networking Event will allow participants to make key contacts in a matter of minutes and give prospective buyers an update on the range of fine products and services available locally."
Noting that the tourism industry is already the largest purchaser of "made in Jamaica" products including furniture, agricultural products such as meats, fruits and vegetables and craft items, Mrs. Madden-Greig said, "We are very proud of the role that the hotel sector is playing in boosting the national economy and happy to support allied industries that can also contribute to economic growth and create jobs".