Bartlett Urges Entrepreneurs to Capitalize on Tourism Supply Chain


Tourism Minister, Ed Bartlett, is urging local businesses and other stakeholders to take greater advantage of the tourism market.

He says while Jamaica is making record earnings from the sector, only 30-percent of that money remains in the island.

The Minister wants more financial institutions to offer capital to local small tourism businesses. He wants more local entrepreneurs to join the tourism supply chain.

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Minister Bartlett says there are also opportunities for meat processing, which is in high demand in tourism. He says the aim is to retain locally, at least fifty percent of the monies made from tourism.

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Minister Bartlett was speaking yesterday at a media conference at his office in New Kingston.


Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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