Owners and senior executives of the largest hotels and resorts in Jamaica under the Inverotel umbrella, an association representing Spanish hoteliers, have committed to expanding their purchasing and support for local products and services.
The hotel operators met with Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett and other local tourism officials in Spain’s capital city, Madrid yesterday morning.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Tourism, the Spanish investors made the commitment while stressing the importance of quality, good pricing and consistency in the items.
The investors also indicated a strong willingness to work with the Jamaican Government in partnering with local businesses on the establishment of efficient and well run farming operations to better supply the tourism industry.
The Spanish investors included the owners’ of three of the largest hotels in the Jamaica — Grupo Pinero, owners of Bahia Principe, Encarna Pinero, who also chairs Inverotel; Iberostar’s, Miguel Fluxa; and Grand Palladium’s, Abel Matutes.
Bartlett revealed that major findings of a recent study indicated that Jamaica’s tourism sector total value of demand for agricultural products amounted to $39.6 billion and a whopping $352 billion for manufactured products.
The tourism demand study was designed to identify the existing/potential demand in the tourism sector for goods and services across local sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and entertainment. The study was conducted through the Ministry’s Tourism Linkages Council.