Ground to be broken for 3,000 hotel rooms soon — BartlettThursday, June 03, 2021
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica — Ground is to be broken for 3,000 hotel rooms over the next few months, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, has revealed.
The minister was speaking during a virtual ground-breaking ceremony for the new Sandals Dunn's River Resort in St Ann, on May 26.
He noted that he recently concluded, in Spain, arrangements for another 1,000 rooms — 700 of which will be constructed in Richmond and 280 in Montego Bay.
“I am excited about the prospect of where we are going with the industry in this round. Already for the year, we have welcomed just a little over 400,000 visitors and we have earned some US$500 million of foreign exchange for Jamaica,” Bartlett said.
“The workers are coming back, the sense of hope is returning and the Prime Minister who drives the process, is continuously giving us the energy and the vitality to keep the process going,” he continued.
Meanwhile, the minister said the country's tourism sector is undergoing a renewal process, and that this new tourism is going to drive a greater level of “inclusiveness” that will further benefit the local economy.
He noted there will be more indigenous Jamaican programmes, experiences and entrepreneurships to strengthen and build the new tourism product.
“We are looking at how to bring more players into the mix, but more importantly, how to drive greater inclusion in the supply side of the tourism innovation,” Bartlett said.
“So often we build hotels, we build rooms, we bring lots of visitors here, but the local ingredient is critical to ensure that the value of tourism stays in our country and the impact of it flows through the economy in a strong way,” he added.