Opportunities Untapped; Tourism Stakeholders Purchasing locally and Receptive to Buying

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, June 22, 2018

The JHTA is encouraging local entrepreneurs, agricultural interests and businesses to address some of the untapped opportunities which exist in linkages to the tourism industry.

According to the 2015 Tourism Demand Study, a project of the Ministry of Tourism: “The prospect for import substitution is great as there exists a high level of receptivity among tourism sector stakeholders to local goods and services. This could be converted to business opportunities as the projected demand for agricultural products and manufactured goods indicate that there is tremendous opportunity for trade.”

The JHTA continues to favour and actively encourage the purchase of locally produced goods.

Speaking at the recently concluded 57th Annual General Meeting, held on Saturday June 16, 2018 at the Moon Palace Jamaica in Ocho Rios, Omar Robinson, President, JHTA stated: “We are pleased with the Government’s commitment to provide $25 million per year over three years to implement a plastic bottle recycling program. This action will not only reduce the amount of plastic bottles that are disposed of improperly but it will encourage good environmental practices among all Jamaicans. We also take this opportunity to encourage all businesses across the island to replace single use plastic containers with biodegradable or reusable alternatives. Each of us have a part to play to preserve our environment and we encourage you to find more environmentally-friendly solutions to plastic cups, straws and Styrofoam.” 

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JHTA Heightens Calls for the Ban of Single use Plastic and Styrofoam Containers

KINGSTON, JAMAICA, June 22, 2018

The JHTA is steadfast in its strong support of the proposed ban on single use plastic and Styrofoam containers citing the very serious implications for small islands such as Jamaica whose economic development and food security are so closely tied to the natural environment.

The Association noted that some of the effects of plastic pollution can already be seen; therefore urgent action is needed to halt the long term effects on the environment and the food chain. Plastic pollution also has grave implications for tourism and if it continues unchecked, the Jamaican tourism product as we know will be seriously undermined by the presence of plastics which have not been disposed of properly.


The JHTA, in its own efforts to encourage its members to carry out business in a manner which safeguards the environment introduced and awarded an Environmental Sustainability Award at the recently held Annual Awards Luncheon. This award was won by the Jamaica Inn located in Ocho Rios. The Association has also listed environmental preservation as one of its main priorities for the new administrative year and throughout the area chapters, members will be implementing various projects geared towards achieving this objective as they seek to reduce their carbon footprint.

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JHTA USAID CARCEP Launch

GREETINGS BY OMAR ROBINSON,
PRESIDENT JAMAICA HOTEL & TOURIST ASSOCIATION
AT THE USAID CARIBBEAN CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAM BENCHMARKING TOOL
& ENERGY EFFECIENCY WORKSHOP FOR FINANCIAL OFFICERS,
GENERAL MANAGERAS AND OWNER/OPERATORS

HALF MOON HOTEL, MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA

THURSDAY, JANUARY 26

Mission Director, USAID Energy Effeciency Promotion Specialist, Caribbean Clean Energy Program, John Marcocchio Energy Effeciency Specialist, Caribbean Clean Energy Program, Hugh Cresser Other Distinguished Guests Members of the Press Ladies and Gentlemen

GOOD MORNING

It is a pleasure for us at the JHTA to join you at the launch of the Caribbean Clean Energy Program Benchmarking Tool and Energy Workshop today. Energy represents a critical resource in the delivery of service in tourism. It is needed for everything from lighting through to air conditioning and entertainment; and as such, the electricity demands of the tourism sector are high.

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JHTA Spruce up Jamaica Greetings

GREETINGS BY
CHRISTOPHER JARRETT
CHAIRMAN, KINGSTON CHAPTER CHAIRPERSON
JAMAICA HOTEL & TOURIST ASSOCIATION
AT THE RELAUNCH OF SPRUCE UP JAMAICA
DEVON HOUSE, KINGSTON, JAMAICA
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25

Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Edmund Bartlett,
Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Jennifer Griffith
Chairmen, Jamaica Tourist Board/Tourism Enhancement Fund & Tourism Product Development Company
Other Distinguished Tourism Officials
Members of the Press
Ladies and Gentlemen

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