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Disingenuous attack on the booming tourism ministry

Thursday, June 14, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The tourism portfolio is one of the shining jewels in the crown of the Andrew Holness-led, Jamaica Labour Party Government. No doubt it is the envy of the rest of the world.

Since Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett took this portfolio, he has steered the growth of this critical foreign exchange-generating industry exponentially year after year.

Most recently there has been criticism about tourism industry strategist Delano Seiveright's travel expenses, which was launched by the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) chairman and Opposition spokesperson on tourism Wykeham McNeill. In his defence, Seiveright fired back and stated that it is clear that the People, National Party (PNP) spokesman for Tourism and former Minister of Tourism McNeill is using his leadership of the PAAC to distract from the world-leading performance of Jamaica's tourism ministry and its agencies.

If we analyse the state of affairs one must come to the conclusion that Jamaica is receiving value for its money because the 'A' team of the tourism minister, including Seiveright, has worked to increase the tourist visitor figures dramatically by an additional 500,000 in 2017, and the industry shows an explosive revenue figure of $375 billion. This goes to show that Seiveright' s travel expenses are justified, so that he may market Jamaica and liaise with Jamaica's global partners and pursue new ones to generate new business.

Was the well-oiled PNP propaganda machinery taken out of the closet, dusted off, had its engine overhauled, and now humming a rhythmic tune?

The Jamaican Diaspora within the US has seen and felt the excellent job that the tourism ministry has been doing. Also, check the numbers of non-Jamaicans who have visited or shown strong interest in visiting Jamaica, land we love, due to the marketing apparatus of the tourism ministry.

Minister Bartlett, the Diaspora is calling on you to step up the prosperity and not let your detractors block your vision of assisting Jamaica to earn its way out of debt.

Patrick Callum

patrickcallum@yahoo.com

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