Ja’s tourism sector to reopen soon

Jamaica’s tourism industry will be reopened in short order with a date to be announced soon. That’s the word from the country’s tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett.

Speaking at a COVID-19 media briefing held earlier this week, the minister said that plans are being put in place and protocols far-advanced to facilitate the safe and earliest reopening of one of the country and region’s main economic activity.

He said key stakeholders are currently working on a plan to get the industry, which has been closed for several weeks, back on track.

“From the hoteliers, airlines, travel agents and the attractions — we’ve established perhaps one of the strongest team ever assembled for the building of the tourism fabric in our country.

“We’re satisfied that within a short period of time and in consultation with all these stakeholders and partners [including those in the Caribbean] — in terms of a time for reopening— we will be able to announce very, very shortly a specific date that we will begin to open tourism to the world,” he said.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who also indicated that the Government is inching closer towards reopening of the econom,y said that the restarting of the tourism sector is critical to this.

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