Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says the Ministry’s Task Force will be finalising over the next two days the approach that will be taken by Jamaica in relation to the reopening of the sector.

He was speaking during the Tourism Ministry’s virtual press briefing this morning.

The staggered reopening will form part of a 5-point tourism recovery strategy.

The other pillars of the 5-point plan are robust protocols, training for tourism workers,  implementing technology to treat with reopening the sector and communication with international partners.

Minister Bartlett says a working group has been set up to lead the reopening of the tourism sector programme.

Among the areas they’ll cover is how the tourism Ministry will partner with the Ministry of Health.

It will also cover meetings with large and small hotel operators and all other stakeholders to ensure everyone is on board.

Apart of the dialogue with small hotel operators will be to see how COVID-19 protocols can be implemented in their establishments.

Minister Bartlett highlighted that another primary agency in this programme will be the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, PICA.

Meanwhile, Minister Bartlett says he’ll also be awaiting a report from the Tourism Product Development company, TPDCo, to guide the Ministry on which sub-sectors of the tourism industry could reopen first.

Edmund Bartlett, Tourism Minister.