Having received accolade as the Caribbean’s Tourism Minister of the Year for 2017 and to being named Tourism Minister of the Year Worldwide, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett’s recognition has not stopped there. Brunch at the Mainland China Restaurant, in Ocho Rios St Ann, one of Jamaica’s tourist destinations, is where the Minister received yet another recognition for outstanding contributions to Tourism. This was yet another well-supported event hosted by, Danny Galani (Owner of Landmark Plaza and Mainland China Restaurant ) and Lachu Ramchandani (Managing Director and Owner of Blue Diamond Shopping Centre, Montego Bay)
A wide range of representatives were present to witness and honor Minister Edmund Bartlett; Minister of Tourism ,Paula Llewelyn ; Director of Public Prosecutions, Marlene Malahoo Forte ; Attorney General, Kamina Johnson-Smith-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, The Honorable Delroy Chuck, Senator Aubin Hill, Delano Seivewright, Godfrey Dyer ,Head of Mission for the Embassy of Spain; Her Excellency Victoria Garcia Ojeda, Norma Walters, Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay, His Worship Michael Belnavis, Senior Superintendent of Police Smith, Christopher Issa, Joe Issa, Bobby Thakurani, Lachu Ramchandani, Danny Galani , Frank Sondern; General Manager Riu Palace and Riu reggae, Javier Huertas ; General Manager Riu Ocho Rios, Custos of St. Ann,British High Commissioner, South African Ambassador,Sen. Education Minister Hon. Ruel Reid, Minister Pernal Charles Jr and Nastashia Mitchell Miss Global 2017 and numerous other representatives.
Danny Galani and Lachu Ramchandani Hosts Tourism Minister, DignitariesIn his greetings, Minister Bartlett made mentions of the many improvements and achievements in his sector. With growths to the profits being made, he summed it up as being, ‘A Safe, Secure and Seamless Growth,’ for the sector and Jamaica at large. He made emphasis on the abilities of Tourism, as it has become such a platform for more than just travel but being able to transcend races, classes and different cultures.
With warm regards, he also remarked that “ Tourism is not all about the billions of dollars that can be made and earned, but the demand it presents that we must be ready for as Jamaicans. He gave a few pointers which emphasised his remarks, “Tourism is an Export, as persons consume our cultural aspects, food and agriculture; all of which we must be prepared for.”
He wrapped by stating that, “We stem linkages by building linkages.”
His speech was well received and applauded by all members of the audience. Minister Bartlett was indeed grateful for yet another recognition, as he expressed in his interview with McKoy’s News that, “It was a good experience, but it is really ours to be proud of. This is the efforts of a wide range of people as Tourism is not about a single act but a consummation of many acts joining to create a great experience.” He also shared some of his plan for future Tourism that, ‘Over the next two (2) to four (4)years, the largest groups of rooms to have ever come to Jamaica in a single period will be built. The effects of that are going to drive growth exponentially and create jobs in an unprecedented way but more importantly, taking us “On Top a Top,” and make our people greater.”
By Dominique Gaynor – Mckoy’s Business News Reporter