Study on tourism demand to determine Jamaica’s local needs

Tourism Minister of Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett has tasked the Jamaica Tourism Linkages Council to complete the tourism demand study to facilitate quantitative analysis of the need for manufacturing and other goods and services within the sector and report it by August this year.

The study was designed to identify the existing or potential demand in the tourism sector for goods and services across local sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and entertainment.

“We will be going a step further to engage buyers, hoteliers and suppliers from all sectors at a summit in September. The aim of this summit will be to critically analyse and discuss the findings from the study with a view to charting the way forward,” Bartlett added.

There are opportunities for increased linkages with local suppliers to facilitate import substitution in producing various items. The aim of the Ministry of Tourism is to foster more purchasing of local goods and services in order to reduce the imports and promote increased linkages with local suppliers to facilitate import substitution with a motive to empower small and medium-sized tourism enterprises.