Thursday 2 July, 2020

Tourism reopening a matter of economic life or death - Bartlett

Edmund Bartlett

Edmund Bartlett

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says the reopening of the tourism sector "is a matter of economic life or death", noting that the coronavirus pandemic has resulted in losses of some $38.4 billion in tourism earnings for the country and hundreds of thousands of workers being laid off.

"We need to get the over 350,000 pandemic-displaced workers back to work. We need to provide some salvation to the many tourism enterprises that right now are at severe economic risk,” the tourism minister pointed out.

He was speaking  at a digital press conference on Thursday.

Against the background of the fallout in jobs and revenues, Bartlett stressed: “You can see, therefore, that the phased reopening of our borders to international travellers on June 15 is not just about tourism, it is a matter of economic life or death.” 

The tourism minister said, after visiting properties in Montego Bay, St James and Ocho Rios in St Ann on Wednesday, he is satisfied that the facilities have sufficiently put in place measures to safeguard both workers and visitors. 

"I am pleased by what I have seen, and I am confident in the reopening of the tourism sector in a manner that is safe and secure for tourism workers, Jamaican citizens and our visitors," Bartlett stated.

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