Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says despite the COVID-19 pandemic, investment interest in the sector has not fallen off.

He says several major projects remain on track for the medium and long terms.

The Tourism Minister was speaking on Nationwide News This Morning with Danielle Archer and Abka Fitz-Henley.

He was reacting to news from international ratings agency, Standard and Poor which expects a strong rebound in growth in 2021 for Jamaica, driven largely by the re-opening of the tourism sector.

However, Minister Bartlett, says in order to bring this into being compliance to COVID-19 protocols an attendant measures will be paramount.

The Minister also says the government is working on additional measures to relieve the pressures of healthcare for tourists on the shoulders of Jamaicans.

Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism.

Meanwhile, the Tourism Minister says they’re seeing an increase in tourism activity in the western city of Montego Bay.

He says this was driven primarily by travel outside of the United Kingdom.

However, he says tourism arrivals are still down by roughly 65% for the year.

Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism.