A unique event that is a flagship initiative of the Tourism Linkages Network and its partners; the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA); the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA); Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and other entities, is set to take place soon.
Planning is in high gear as the Tourism Linkages Network, a division of the Jamaica Ministry of Tourism, prepares to stage its fourth “Tourism Linkages Speed Networking Event,” with the hopes of securing more investment in the sector. The business-to-business networking event will take place on March 29, 2017 at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel & Spa in Montego Bay and will see the participation of several investors.
The venture is one that the Jamaica Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is proud of as he believes it is critical to the Ministry’s ongoing efforts to deepen linkages between tourism and other sectors.
“I am heartened by the progress and growth of the Speed Networking event over the years. Last year we had nearly 200 participants and we are hopeful that we will surpass that figure based on the registrations we have pouring in. This event is an important way to promote economic growth for the nation while still ensuring that more Jamaicans benefit from this great sector,” said Minister Bartlett.
Much like speed dating, based on their scheduled appointments, it will see industry executives being seated, while suppliers of goods and services used in the tourism sector will move around to discuss business opportunities then negotiate contracts in 15-minute intervals.
“We will be following the usual format but this year we are also going to be inviting a group of investors to come to Jamaica for the event, so they can see some of what we have to offer. These investors are persons who are already desirous of setting up business in Jamaica or have already broken ground in the island,” said Project Manager of the Tourism Linkages Network, Carolyn McDonald-Riley.
Participants in the past have included suppliers of: craft, toiletries and guest amenities, chemicals and cleaning products, cosmetic and spa products, furniture, bedding, food and beverage, uniforms, printing and packaging, training, ICT goods and services, electrical services, meat and fresh produce.
This year, the linkages network has announced that these offerings will be expanded to increase the impact of the event.
“We have invited a wider variety of persons who we believe can bring new and dynamic products to the sector such as: architects, videographers, photographers, ambulance services and nanny services. We have also ensured that all our networks are represented. So, you will also see participants from Sports and Entertainment, Gastronomy, Shopping, Knowledge, Health and Wellness; as well as Manufacturing and Agriculture sectors in attendance,” explained McDonald-Riley.
Interested parties are being asked to contact the JMA at 922-8880-3 or the Tourism Linkages Network at 920-4926-30 for more information.