Mex­i­can am­bas­sador push­ing for greater tourism ties with Ja­maica

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Paul Clarke Sun­day Gleaner Writer paul.clarke@glean­

JA­MAICA’S IN­VEST­MENT ties with Mex­ico in the area of tourism could be strength­ened in the com­ing months, fol­low­ing talks be­tween Min­is­ter of Tourism Ed­mund Bartlett and Mex­i­can Am­bas­sador Juan Jose Gon­za­lez Mijares.

“One of the is­sues, among many, that we ad­dressed in that meet­ing was the im­por­tance of the ques­tion of tourism be­tween Mex­ico and Ja­maica, where we talked about strength­en­ing this re­la­tion­ship in re­gard to fur­ther in­vest­ment,” said Mijares.

He noted that Mex­ico con­tin­ues to have a strong pres­ence in

Ja­maica, thanks, in part, to ho­tel chains such as Charisma,

Moon Palace, and a num­ber of other re­sorts in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try.

“We have also in­vested heav­ily in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try in the ho­tels. There is also Dol­phin Cove, among oth­ers, so, the value of

Mex­i­can in­vest­ment in

Ja­maica’s tourism sec­tor is very im­por­tant,” added

Mijares. He said dis­cus­sions around other ar­eas of co­op­er­a­tion were pre­sented, and this in­cluded push­ing the idea of the multi-des­ti­na­tion tourism ar­range­ment be­tween Ja­maica, Mex­ico, Cuba and the Do­mini­can Repub­lic.

“Re­lated to that is the ques­tion of air con­nec­tiv­ity. It is im­por­tant to have flights from all these des­ti­na­tions, seam­less trans­porta­tion that will ben­e­fit each coun­try, and that is why Mr Bartlett and I are now push­ing for this to hap­pen,” said Mijares.

Also dis­cussed, ac­cord­ing to Mijares, was train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able in the tourism sec­tor. “We dis­cussed how to in­crease the train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, and the in­vest­ment op­por­tu­nity on the supply side of the tourism econ­omy. “That means that all the ques­tions that have to deal with food, in re­la­tion to the ho­tels and restau­rants, have to be im­proved. How to work in­tel­li­gently with the smart com­mu­ni­ties to de­velop agri­cul­ture prod­ucts for the in­dus­try is also im­por­tant to this im­proved part­ner­ship,” said Mijares.

Mex­i­cans have ap­prox­i­mately US$600 mil­lion in­vested in Ja­maica, mostly in the tourism sec­tor.


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