Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says tourism is driving positive change by creating jobs and injecting revenue into local communities while helping to spark innovation and provide opportunities for Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises (SMTEs).
“We are strengthening the linkages between tourism and other sectors of the economy to increase the economic impact of tourism. Through our five Tourism Linkages Networks – Gastronomy, Health and Wellness, Shopping, Knowledge and Sport and Entertainment – we have been leveraging SMTEs to build out our visitor experiences,” said the minister.
Bartlett was speaking at the second Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Small and Medium Tourism Enterprises (SMTEs), hosted yesterday at the Montego Bay Convention Centre by the government and the United Nations World Tourism Association.
The Ministry of Tourism, through the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), has been spearheading a number of initiatives to support the financial needs of the SMTE subsector and through the National Export-Import Bank of Jamaica (EXIM Bank), several players in that sector have been benefiting from a billion-dollar revolving loan fund.