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JAMAICA | Tourism Ministry to streamline licences to hotels and attractions

  • Written by wiredja.com - Calvin G. Brown
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Featured Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett.
KINGSTON, July 30, 2019 - In light of a number of breaches uncovered by an audit of security arrangements at some hotels and tourist attractions, the Tourism Ministry is moving to streamline the issuing of licences to hotel and attraction operators. 
 
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett wants sanctions for operators found in breach of security arrangements and a 15-year limit on licences. He said this would be facilitated by an amendment of the Tourism Act.
 
Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Mr. Bartlett said operators of hotels and attractions are currently granted a licence for an unlimited period.
 
The minister said the audit focused on infrastructure in place such as Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) systems and the installation of windows and doors.
 
The audit report was completed last month by the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) with support from international security expert, Dr. Peter Tarlow.
 
In the meantime, Minister Bartlett has announced the appointment of former Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) officer, Major Dave Walker, as its visitor safety and experience director.
 
Major Walker has  had experience working with the Caribbean Community's (Caricom) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), as well as the military in Sierra Leone, Africa.

Bartlett said Major Walker served initially with the JDF before he was seconded to IMPACS and eventually assisted in the transformation of the Sierra Leone military.

He said that safety, security and seamlessness form part of the promise that the ministry has made to the tourism market, in response to the challenges created by recent reports of breaches of the industry's safety and security measures to protect vacationers.

“We have to ensure that there is no second-guessing of the quality of that promise and, therefore, we are building out a strong safety and security framework, with a team that is qualified and competent as a sure way of securing that promise,” the minister said.

“We want the world to know that we are not just aware of the problem, but we are doing something about it, and what we want to do about it, and are in fact doing about it, is to eliminate the problem over time,” he added.

Bartlett also made note of the contribution to the security audit, which formed the basis for the decision to appoint a security director for the industry, from Dr Peter Tarlow, an international tourism security expert who also attended the briefing.

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  • Countries: Jamaica

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