President’s Address delivered at the JHTA AGM on June 29, 2019 at the Hilton Rosehall Resort and Spa.

ADDRESS BY OMAR ROBINSON, PRESIDENT JAMAICA HOTEL & TOURIST ASSOCIATION AT THE JAMAICA HOTEL & TOURIST ASSOCIATION’S 58 TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING & CONVENTION HILTON ROSE HALL RESORT MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 2019

Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism
Mrs. Jennifer Griffith, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism
Mrs. Patricia Affonso-Dass, President of the CHTA
Mr Godfrey Dyer, Chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund
Mr. Donovan White, Director of Tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board
Dr Carey Wallace, Executive Director, Tourism Enhancement Fund
Mrs Joy Roberts, Executive Director, Jamaica Vacations
Vice Presidents of the JHTA – Mrs Carol Bourke, Ms. Vana Taylor , Mr. Robert Headley and Mr. Christopher Jarrett
Members of the Council, Area Chairmen
Past Presidents; Mr Wayne Cummings, Mrs Nicola Madden-Greig and Mr. James Samuels
Executive Director, Mrs. Camille Needham
Members of the Association
Travel and Media Partners
Other Distinguished Guests
Ladies and Gentlemen, Good morning.

It is my pleasure to welcome everyone to our 58 th Annual General Meeting & Convention!

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Corporate Hands | JHTA Gives Computer To Maxfield Park Children's Home

The Easter tradition in Jamaica is for gifts of bun and cheese but the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) went several notches above that last week providing an early Easter treat and a computer for the caregivers, administrators and children of the Maxfield Park Children’s Home in Kingston.

JHTA Executive Director, Camille Needham and President, Omar Robinson accompanied by Vana Taylor, first vice president and Robert Headley, third vice president, presented the computer to Winston Bowen, the Home’s Manager, on behalf of the JHTA Charity Fund.

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Amaterra Group Breaks Ground For First 1,200 Rooms In Mega-Hotel Development For Trelawny

The Amaterra Group is to break ground tomorrow for the first 1,200 rooms of a multi-billion dollar integrated resort development in Stewart Castle, Trelawny.

The integrated resort development project will be one of the largest in Jamaica. It will include the construction of 5,000 hotel rooms, an industrial park, an entertainment and shopping complex and various local amenities.

Amaterra Jamaica Ltd, is a mixed-use land development company incorporated in Jamaica in July 2002 and is the master developer for the Amaterra Resort and related companies.

Jamaican developer Keith Russell, a co-partner of Amaterra, said in an interview in December, 2013, that his project spanned 850 acres in Duncans, Trelawny, including 3.5 miles of beach, and has already secured approvals for development.

"We have sub-division approval, beach development approval, and we are approved for a 2,200 room hotel and golf course. It is the only project that has all approvals," he said.

The mega-hotel development falls under the Casino Gaming (Application for Declaration of Approved Integrated Resort Development) Regulations 2012 and the Casino Gaming (Prescribed Games) Regulations 2012.

Art And Tourism Have New Beginnings In Kingston

At a time when the Government of Jamaica is seeking to increase the tourism offerings of Kingston, world-renowned visual artist Bryan McFarlane makes his contribution through the exhibition titled ‘New Beginnings’.

The current exhibition is being hosted by hotelier Evan Williams as a launch of the Gene Pearson Gallery, located at the R-Hotel and named in honour of master sculptor, ceramist and teacher Gene Pearson who passed away a year ago. The R-Hotel, located on Renfrew Road in New Kingston, is operated by businessman and award-winning architect Evan Williams.

Poised to enhance the face lift of the business hub of the metropolitan area, the exhibition breathes fresh perspective on Kingston at this time of the city’s development. Art lovers have another week to view the month-long exhibition, which ends on April 13 with a ceremony to be addressed by Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett.

INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE
Williams explained that Professor Bryan McFarlane was chosen as “it was important to have an artist with international exposure, and Bryan is well known and exposed around the world”. Williams described the works as “Brilliant, reflecting the influences of McFarlane’s travels to Beijing, China, and other countries”.

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