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