Message from the Minister of Tourism

    Message for JAPEX 2019 by Minister of Tourism
    Hon. Edmund Bartlett, CD, MP

    I am delighted to invite all buyers, sellers and other players in the tourism sector to register online for the 29th staging of Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX), taking place from September 9 to 11, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, St. James.

    Each year, JAPEX attracts hundreds of international travel agents, wholesalers and tour operators as well as leading suppliers in the local tourism sector. This provides the ideal platform for our participants to network and create business opportunities, which we hope will generate significant economic returns.

    This year, our Tourism Linkages Network will once again be coordinating the participation of local suppliers of goods and services. This activity is done in partnership with the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA), the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA).

    Our linkages initiative is a critical component of our local tourism growth strategy. It seeks to ensure that

    the products and the services, which are utilized in the sector, are grown or manufactured in Jamaica. Thus helping to provide sustainable jobs and improve the standard of living of our people.

    The linkages programme is enjoying great success, which we can attribute to the outstanding level of cooperation, collaboration and partnership between my Ministry and the private sector. I, therefore, encourage you to visit our display area at the year's staging to learn more.

    The Ministry of Tourism, through the Jamaica Tourist Board, is pleased to be collaborating with the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) once again to stage this important private-public sector initiative.

    I congratulate the President and members of the JHTA, the Director of Tourism as well as their hardworking teams for organizing this productive event each year. I look forward to seeing you at JAPEX 2019 which, I am sure, will also be a great success.

    Hon. Edmund Bartlett, CD, MP
    Minister of Tourism

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