Bartlett: Tourism, a silver lining in a difficult economic climate | Main stories

Jamaica’s vibrant tourism sector is key to pulling the country out of any potential economic pitfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and any setbacks in the global supply chain that have led to disruptions in manufacturing and other industries. sectors, said Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett.

He said that despite the economic storm clouds, tourism is well positioned to put Jamaica back on the path to economic recovery.

“Do not be discouraged, do not grieve or feel discouraged because there are dark and ominous clouds in the economic firmament. There are bright lights beyond the clouds – silver linings – and tourism is a silver lining,” Bartlett said on Friday at the official opening of the Bishop Edward Seaga Suite and the relaunch of Devon Duppy. Rum at Devon House in St Andrew. .

“Jamaica’s tourism is at the heart of this recovery and the challenges of inflation and macro-economic challenges are going to be mitigated and/or offset by a full recovery, a full recovery of the tourism industry because tourism has this capacity for instantaneous convertibility of all academic, industrial or economic activities.As the plane flies or the cruise ships come into port, the dollar ends up in the pocket of the common man” , he continued.

Bartlett said that with tourism, there is no period of gestation, growth or cultivation and then harvesting.

“The process is immediate and that’s what the economy needs now. It needs an immediate injection of foreign currency that can provide us with the goods and services that we don’t produce here,” he said.

Jamaica is expected to receive more than 200,000 cruise ship visitors this summer and Bartlett sought to assure tourists that cruise travel is still a safe and secure way to vacation, despite an incident in which a ship crashed in historic Falmouth, Trelawny’s harbour. capital, as it was docked on Thursday.

No one was injured during the accident. Although the vessel did not sustain any significant damage, the mooring dolphin at the jetty was damaged and required repair. The incident will not affect the island’s sailing schedule, however, authorities said.

“Cruising is safe and secure and a seamless way to enjoy your vacation,” Bartlett said.

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