Opposition Spokesperson for Tourism, Shahine Robinson, says she’s deeply concerned about Jamaica falling to its worst ever ranking in the Global Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report.
The report which is published biennially by the respected World Economic Forum, saw Jamaica fall nine places to 76 out of the 1-hundred-and-41 countries captured in this year’s report.
Ms. Robinson says Jamaica is lagging behind the rest of the Caribbean region due to the stubborn, lackluster and visionless approach of Tourism Minister, Dr. Wykeham McNeil.
She says safety and security concerns continue to be a major problem to the tourism sector and is calling on the Tourism and National Security Ministers to more seriously address them.
She’s calling for an increase in the number of police units, more frequent patrols, speedy investigations and community policing.
Ms. Robinson is urging Minister McNeill to desist from the continued gloating at Jamaica’s less than average growth numbers and focus on preparing the country for the imminent opening up of Cuba.