Ministry to clamp down on delinquent persons in tourism sector

Monday, June 08, 2015

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KINGSTON,Jamaica (JIS) – Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Dr Wykeham McNeill, says the Government will be amending the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Act, to clamp down on persons operating businesses in the tourism industry without proper registration and licences.
“We are ramping up efforts to boost compliance with guidelines within the sector. We have had constant consultations and will be amending the JTB Act to make it more effective, by introducing stiffer penalties and increased fines,” McNeill told Government news agency, the Jamaica Information Service.
The Minister was addressing the 54th Annual General Meeting and Convention of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel and Spa, in Montego Bay on Saturday, June 6.
“While we seek to grow our tourism sector, we also have to regulate the industry. While most of you here are regulated there are many others who refuse to be compliant and place themselves, the industry and Brand Jamaica at significant risk,” McNeill said.
He told the industry leaders that he would be taking recommendations to Cabinet for drafting instructions within the next three months.
“The onus is on each and every player in the sector to comply with the relevant guidelines. Compliance with the required standards is very important to the success of the sector, as it improves the overall quality of our tourism product,” the Minister said.
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