Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says the country has seen an additional 29,000 persons employed last year.

The Minister says, of this figure, eleven thousand is from the tourism industry.

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Mr Bartlett says his team is forecasting that, in the next three years, the country will see an additional 33,000 jobs being provided in the tourism sector.

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Minister Bartlett was speaking yesterday at the official opening ceremony of the Joy Spence Appleton Estate Rum Experience formally known as the Appleton Estate Rum Tour in St Elizabeth.