• Welcome to the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association Website

    Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association is the organization, which represents Jamaican hotels, other visitor accommodations as well as most suppliers of goods and services to the tourism industry commonly know as "Allied" members.

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  • Mission Statement

    To represent the interests of our members, foster their economic and professional growth while contributing to community development and the sustainability of Jamaica’s tourism industry.

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  • JHTA Document Library

    Welcome to the JHTA Document Library, a central point for information resources. We welcome contributions to our library that will prove useful to our membership.

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  • Welcome to our Member Directory,

    Encompassing active, allied and affiliate member categories.

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  • 1 JAPEX 2016 Launched
  • 2 JHTA to Host Fourth Annual Charity Golf Tournament
  • 3 Diverting TEF Funds to Finance Tax Package Counterproductive Says JHTA
  • 4 Mangos Jamaica Teams Up With the Gleaner Company for Earth Hour Photo Competition
  • 5 SME'S Drive Growth in Jamaican Economy
  • 6 Tourism Sector Gives Local Businesses Platform for Growth
  • 7 JHTA Hails Expo Jamaica for Facilitating Economic Growth & Trade Opportunities in Jamaica
  • JAPEX 2016 Launched

    KINGSTON, JAMAICA, April 13- The 26th staging of the internationally renowned Jamaica Product Exchange was launched on Tuesday, April 12 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. Organisers of the event, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) highlighted the event's focus on providing a platform for players in the tourism industry to network and showcase their products and services.

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  • JHTA to Host Fourth Annual Charity Golf Tournament

    Montego Bay, Jamaica April 14-The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association will host its fourth annual charity golf tournament at Cinnamon Hill come Sunday, April 17.The event which is led by the Montego Bay chapter of the JHTA attracts hundreds of amateur and pro golfers over the years.

    "The tournament raises funds for a number of charities across Montego Bayincluding: Save the Child, Montego Bay Freeport Project and House number 10 at the SOS Children's Village. Through proceeds raised from the tournament we have been able to do remarkable work in these institutions along with the Tower Hill Basic School where over $2 Million dollars was spent to renovate the Tower Hill Basic School.That work aligns perfectly with the JHTA'S corporate social responsibility values and our tradition of supporting the nation's more vulnerable and those who support them," said Omar Robinson, Vice-President of the JHTA.

    On Sunday, April 17 local golfers will play against their counterparts and gain bragging rights as the winners for this charitable event. While only a few slots are available, golfers can still be accommodated. The event will continue into the evening with a corporate mingle and special performances by Cindy Lewis, formerly of Byron Lee and the Dragonnaires and the Bung Guh Lhung Steel Band.

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  • Diverting TEF Funds to Finance Tax Package Counterproductive Says JHTA

    KINGSTON, JAMAICA, April 10-The suggestion that the TEF should contribute 50% of its receipts toward financing the Government's $1.5 million income tax break is well intentioned but does not fall within the mandate of the TEF, says the JHTA.

    "The funds from TEF are essential in maintaining the competitiveness of the tourism sector, its growth and other critical initiatives such as the Tourism Linkages Hub which aims to achieve a reduction in imports and to better build the absorptive capacity of Jamaican businesses to benefit from tourism" the Association said.

    The decision in 2004 when the TEF was established was to have a dedicated fund paid directly by visitors to the island on their airline tickets to maintain the tourism product and fulfil the mandate of the Tourism Master Plan to build out a tourism industry that has both competitive and comparative advantage. In effect this would reduce dependence on the Consolidated Fund by the Ministry of Tourism and in turn, the Jamaican taxpayer.

    Just over US$40 million is collected by the TEF annually, of which 50% is used to market the destination while the other 50% is used to maintain and develop the tourism product to improve the destination's attractiveness island-wide and increase visitor arrivals and expenditure.

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  • Mangos Jamaica Teams Up With the Gleaner Company for Earth Hour Photo Competition

    KINGSTON, JAMAICA, MARCH 19-Mangos Jamaica, formerly Pebbles Resort will team up with the Gleaner Company for a photo competition that will run from March 19-April 2. The online competition will require photographers to submit photos that depictJamaica's most scenic landscapes and contrast with areas where pollution has taken a toll.

    "The JHTA is always looking for innovative and impactful ways to engage and strengthen the brands of our members. The Gleaner has a great online platform that they have used for the advancement of various causes. We applaud their efforts in heightening the awareness about the environmental effects of pollution and also showcasing brand Jamaica" said Nicola Madden-Greig.

    The winner of the photo competition will receive a complimentary two night stay for 2 persons, in a Superior Oceanfront Room at the newly opened Mangos Jamaica, a boutique beach resort in Trelawny. The resort is widely known as the former Pebbles Resort and has undergone 9 months of renovations to now reclaim its truly authentic Jamaican, all-inclusive, adult's only experience.

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  • SME'S Drive Growth in Jamaican Economy

    MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA, March 17- Small and Medium sized enterprises are poised for growth in the tourism sector as plans are afoot to deepen investments in the sector. This was the announcement made at the third staging of the Linkages Speed Networking Event in Montego Bay on Thursday, March 17 at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort.

    The event which was jointly hosted by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association and the Ministry of Tourism, saw local suppliers and buyers converge.

    "Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the world's most concentrated, booming and innovative engine for world trade and growth", according to Nicola Madden-Greig, President of the JHTA. With the Jamaican economy comprising of many SMEs, they serve as key drivers of innovation, social integration, and employment -- representing a large number of private sector jobs - which fuel economic growth, she said.

    Addressing the audience at the event; the President said "Ensuring that we create the right environment to allow SMEs to be engaged in trade is an important part of a more resilient economy. It is for this reason why a Linkages Speed Networking event is crucial as it facilitates dialogue between the decision makers and potential suppliers".

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  • Tourism Sector Gives Local Businesses Platform for Growth

    MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA, March 18-Local suppliers in the agricultural, manufacturing, entertainment, furniture, construction, medical and financial sectors all participated in the third staging of the Linkages Speed Networking Event jointly organized by the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association and the Ministry of Tourism on Thursday, March 17.

    The event was conceptualized in an effort to enhance and deepen the linkages between the tourism sector (hotels, villas, restaurants, tour operators and transport providers etc) and other areas of the economy. The increased integration has already developedstrong linkages between tourism and other sectors.

    Entertainment and the wider creative industry that was one of two sectors newly added to this year's line-up of suppliers got favourable responses. Joel Ryan, Group Manager of Entertainment at Sandals Resort International said "I thought the event was very successful. We were able to meet quite a few upcoming musicians and acts but also a lot of new suppliers to the industry.

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  • JHTA Hails Expo Jamaica for Facilitating Economic Growth & Trade Opportunities in Jamaica

    KINGSTON, JAMAICA, March 11-The Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) has hailed Expo Jamaica as a major vehicle for trade, investment and growth opportunities for Jamaica;ahead of its next staging slated for April 14-17. JHTA is a major sponsor of the event which is a staple on the local and regional scene for suppliers and buyers.

    "This event is transformative for the country and the region bringing together people and ideas like few other opportunities can. The opportunities for linkages between key sectors of the Jamaican economy such as tourism, manufacturing, agriculture and the creative industries cannot be overstated" said Nicola Madden-Greig, President of JHTA.

    A report entitled "The Role of Trade in Ending Poverty," points to trade as a key enabler in the economic growth and development of a country.Through Expo Jamaica scores of small, medium and large enterprises are given a chance to showcase their products and services to the region and to the international market with approximately 450 buyers expected for Expo 2016.

    "Trade has played a vital role in driving private sector-led growth and job creation and has been a powerful force in reducing poverty and increasing incomes. By supporting growth and development of local businesses on the island, trade has proved to be an essential tool in tackling poverty and boosting the economy" said Greig.

    Tourism generates approximately US$2 Billion in revenues annually and increased trade will also serve to impact the sector both directly and indirectly.

    She believes that "A combination of the right practical support and domestic policies can make a big difference". By helping businesses to help themselves, it increases the likelihood that developing countries like Jamaica, can more actively participate in the global trading system and reap the benefits that trade has delivered to so many in the recent past."

    Expo Jamaica is improving the capacity of the private sector to access domestic, regional, and international markets and to integrate small businesses into the supply chain. Sustained efforts have resulted in providing companies with a greater access to markets, with increased productivity, improved technologies, environmentally sound practices and application of best practices. It is hoped that the upward turn in economic activity will be sustained as the tides continue to change in the Jamaican market place.

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  • Remarks by the Minister of Tourism & Entertainment - JAPEX Opening Ceremony +

    Remarks by the Minister of Tourism & Entertainment Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill Montego Bay Convention Centre JAPEX Opening Ceremony Sunday, Read More


    JUNE 6, 2015 Minister of Tourism & Entertainment– Hon. Dr Wykeham McNeil Vice Presidents of the JHTA – Mr Omar Robinson, Read More

    APRIL 30, 2015 Salutations JHTA and AJAL towards Attraction Development: Firstly, I would like to thank you for inviting me Read More
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