Tourism crit­i­cal to se­cur­ing growth, job cre­ation – Hol­ness

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

PRIME MIN­IS­TER Andrew Hol­ness has said the tourism sec­tor is ex­tremely crit­i­cal in se­cur­ing sus­tain­able growth and job cre­ation. “Tourism is one of the largest for­eign-ex­change earn­ers and em­ploy­ers. Tourism is also one of the few in­dus­tries where the re­gion has both a global com­par­a­tive and com­pet­i­tive ad­van­tage,” he de­clared.

Speak­ing at the re­open­ing of the San­dals Royal Ba­hamian Spa Re­sort and Off­shore Is­land in Nas­sau, Ba­hamas, on the week­end, Hol­ness noted that tourism greatly im­pacts many sec­tors, in­clud­ing en­ter­tain­ment, trans­porta­tion, fi­nan­cial ser­vices, agri­cul­ture and man­u­fac­tur­ing. He said it is paramount that syn­er­gies and op­por­tu­ni­ties are cre­ated to in­crease com­pet­i­tive­ness.

Hol­ness stated that in or­der to be ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient, gov­ern­ments must re­main com­mit­ted to be­ing cat­a­lysts to pri­vate-sec­tor success. Ac­cord­ing to him, this is im­por­tant to en­sure an econ­omy moves for­ward.

Hol­ness said the San­dals brand shows that success can be ob­tained through hard work, de­ter­mi­na­tion, tak­ing cal­cu­lated risks and con­stant in­no­va­tion,

“San­dals has shown the power of build­ing a Caribbean brand and a Caribbean of­fer­ing to the world which re­dounds to the ben­e­fit of our Caribbean peo­ple.”

The grand re­open­ing of San­dals Royal Ba­hamian took place on Novem­ber 18 with an ex­ten­sive US$4 mil­lion makeover. The re­sort, which was orig­i­nally slated to re­open on Oc­to­ber 14 fol­low­ing its sched­uled ren­o­va­tions, was forced to post­pone in the wake of Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

Andrew Hol­ness

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