It is my honour to invite you to participate in the 27th staging of the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX), to be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from September 24-26, 2017.
Each year, JAPEX attracts hundreds of international travel agents, wholesalers and tour operators as well as leading suppliers in the local tourism sector. This creates the ideal platform for our participants to network and create numerous business opportunities, which we hope will provide significant economic returns.
As Minister of Tourism, I am heartened by the impact that JAPEX has on our thriving sector. It continues to drive growth in visitor arrivals to Jamaica, while also facilitating the development the local tourism industry has experienced over the years.
I am particularly proud to announce that my Ministry's Tourism Linkages Network will once again be participating in this year's event - coordinating the participation of local suppliers of goods and services. This is of significant importance because it forms part of the strategy we have been employing in my Ministry to address the need for increased investment in the development of locally manufactured and produced goods.
I commend the partnership of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association and the Jamaica Tourist Board as they continue to stage the single most important business-to-business travel trade show for Jamaica's tourism industry. I am sure, as always, that JAPEX will be a great success.
I urge you to build on the successful legacy of their event by registering now, using the convenient online platform available on this website.
Hon. Edmund Bartlett, CD, MP
Minister of Tourism