President's Message

    The JAMAICA Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), welcomes all delegates to the 29th staging of the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX 2019). It truly is Jamaica's premier tourism marketplace providing the opportunity to do business under one roof and facilitating the exchange of ideas and information.

    From September 9-11, 2019 we will share news of enhancements and expansions, not only of our hotels and attractions but also our allied services and industry partners. The inclusion of the agriculture and manufacturing sectors once again, can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of the Tourism Linkages Network of the Ministry of Tourism, the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), the Jamaica Manufacturers' and Exporters' Association (JMEA) and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), as they have contributed to and are also impacted by tourism.

    Over the years, Jamaica has consistently remained in the top tier of world destinations. This achievement is as much a tribute to our overseas partners who trust us with their clients, as it is to our hoteliers, attractions and tourism service providers who continually invest in their businesses for the benefit of their guests, local and international.

    At JAPEX 2019 we welcome buyers not only from the traditional markets of USA, Canada and the UK, but from new markets within Europe, Latin America and the East. We hope to strengthen our partnerships and develop new ones, which is critical to ensuring the success of this beautiful destination to which we are all committed.

    Of course, as the cultural capital of the Caribbean, we could not let you leave without the opportunity to mix business with a little pleasure. Our beach party and various social events will leave you with lasting memories and looking forward to next year. Wishing you fruitful deliberations for JAPEX 2019 and beyond.

    Omar Robinson
    President
    JAMAICA Hotel and Tourist Association

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