Bartlett meets with tourism stakeholders to discuss entertainment concerns

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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AS part of efforts to discuss concerns raised about entertainers hired within hotels, Edmund Bartlett has started meeting with key tourism stakeholders.

“I will be meeting today (yesterday) with members of the Tourism Linkages Council with a specific focus on the Sports and Entertainment Network. The meeting is to review, clarify and discuss concerns raised regarding entertainers hired within hotels,” the minister of tourism was quoted as saying in a release yesterday.

He said it is important that any misleading information is resolved and that every tourism worker feels empowered and included within the tourism value chain.

“We will also be looking closely at the demand for entertainers within the sector, the number of local entertainers, and challenges being faced, among other things,” Bartlett said.

The release said discussions with the Tourism Linkages Council will also include transportation providers, craft entrepreneurs and the current islandwide programme of sensitisation of workers regarding the new tourism workers' pension scheme that will come on stream later this year.

Bartlett, according to the release, is also expected to meet with Spanish Hotel Group Invotel today to discuss data collection to help inform the Tourism Demand Study and cooperation on a number of matters including, but not limited to, local purchases of goods and services.

“I have always been an advocate of providing more economic opportunities for small- and medium-sized tourism businesses and enterprises, which includes entertainers, within the tourism value chain. This is why my ministry established five Tourism Linkages Networks, one of which is Sports and Entertainment, to drive programmes and projects that create more of these economic opportunities,” Bartlett said.

In the meantime, Bartlett also noted that efforts will be followed up with engagements by Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister Olivia Grange with entertainment stakeholders and Labour and Social Security Minister Shahine Robinson to dissect the broad range of issues and ultimately address all concerns.

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