Tourism and Agriculture – Partners for Development
Kingston, July 20, 2018 - The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) strongly refutes the claim that hotels only purchase a small portion of their agricultural inputs locally.
The "Tourism Demand Study" conducted by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment in 2015, found that 69% of the responding businesses reported that less than 10% of their total expenditure on agricultural produce had been allocated to imported items during the previous year. This percentage is even higher for smaller properties who source all of their agricultural produce locally. A new demand study is now being carried out and we anticipate that the percentage for locally grown agricultural produce purchased by the industry will increase significantly.
Over the past several years the JHTA has focused on building partnerships, collaboration and business relationships with other sectors of the economy, with positive results. We continue to support a range of activities to strengthen the linkages between the tourism and agricultural sectors. In 2015 the JHTA started the Speed Networking Event which is now held annually in partnership with the Ministry of Tourism, Jamaica Agricultural Society, Rural Agricultural Development Authority, Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association, the Jamaica Business Development Corporation and other partners. This event facilitates one-on-one meetings between the CEOs and other Decision Makers within the hotel industry and suppliers of goods and services to the Tourism Industry.