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Tourism to play greater role in reducing crime, says Bartlett

Monday, June 19, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says his ministry will increase efforts to tackle the issue of crime affecting the people of Jamaica.

Addressing delegates at the 56th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and awards luncheon of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Saturday, Bartlett said, “safety and security must be a feature of our own existence as a people, because tourism is not just about the visitor but about the people in the destination and we have to act on protecting our people first”.

He went on to state that the Tourism Ministry is working closely with the Ministry of National Security to ensure that local national security becomes aligned with tourism security.

“We are at one in driving the formula to tackle crime and we have a role to play in tourism, which we have already played in part and are going to play even more. This includes our safety and security programme driven by the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), which is led by a former Deputy Commissioner Scarlett,” said Bartlett.

A major part of the safety and security programme is the recently launched Destination Assurance Councils (DACs) for six resort areas, which are tasked with ensuring that the quality, standards and integrity of Jamaica's tourism product are maintained. Each council includes representatives from the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

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