Pitching a working timeline of four to six weeks for the reopening of the tourism industry, the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) says it fully supports the pretesting of guests.
The lobby, which last weekend called for the Government to set a timeline for the reopening of the industry, said these were two of the main areas of focus being proposed as part of the Tourism Task Force committee, led by Wilfred Baghaloo.
Airlines have also expressed an interest in starting in June,” Robinson confirmed to The Gleaner, adding that the tourism entities will be guided by a raft of protocols in order to provide a safe environment for their employees to return to work.
Citing the paradigm of a “new hospitality”, the JTA president argued that a hard timeline would “allow us to plan so that we can work backwards by implementing the required safety protocols, acquiring the necessary personal protective equipment, ( i.e., masks, shields, infrared thermometers), training of the employees on these protocols, along with a general sensitisation of the public and our international partners and potential guests”.
Last year alone, Jamaica earned US$3.7 billion from the tourism industry.