6,000 additional hotel rooms to be built
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says ground is slated to be broken in January to commence the construction of 6,000 additional hotel rooms.
He said expansion of Jamaica’s hotel room stock will serve to further boost the economy by providing opportunities for local stakeholders, such as manufacturers, whom he encouraged to prepare to supply the anticipated heightened demand for furniture, among other key inputs.
“The industry is growing. The demand is expanding. At 4.3 million visitors, our market has increased by nearly 300,000 per month,” Bartlett said.
He was speaking during MoneyMasters Limited’s Breakfast Meeting at Eden Gardens Wellness Resort and Spa in St Andrew on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Bartlett said that the potential for further growth in Jamaica’s tourism is limitless, relative to how the industry is projected to grow globally, noting that “The scope for us to act and get more from it has no bounds."
In this regard, he called on financial industry stakeholders to be more accommodating of local entrepreneurs supplying the industry, particularly manufacturers, by facilitating them with funding support.