As tourism interests gear up to take advantage of the scheduled full reopening of the country’s borders come June 15, president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Omar Robinson is urging hoteliers to seek certification from the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) to ensure that they are compliant with the COVID-19 protocols.
Robinson’s call came minutes after last evening’s announcement by Prime Minister Andrew Holness that the country’s air and sea ports will reopen to Jamaicans starting today and non-nationals beginning mid-June.
Holness made the disclosure during a virtual press conference from the Office of the Prime Minister in St Andrew.
The coronavirus pandemic has been particularly brutal to Jamaica’s tourism-dependent economy, with 120,000 of the sector’s direct workers being retrenched and only approximately 40,000 retained.
Source: Jamaica Observer