JAPEX 2014 One of the Best Ever – Tourism MinisterJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill (right), in conversation with Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Lenworth Fulton (left), during his tour of booths at JAPEX 2014, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St.James, on September 22. Others (from second left) are: President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, Nicola Madden Greig and Chairman of the Jamaica Tourist Board, Dennis Morrison. RelatedIncrease in Arrivals from All Source Markets JAPEX 2014 One of the Best Ever – Tourism Minister TourismSeptember 23, 2014Written by: Glenis A. Rose RelatedTourism Ministry Sensitizing Industry Players About Chikungunya Virus RelatedJAPEX 2014 Will Boost Business for Local Tourism Interests FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Story HighlightsThe premier tourism trade show, JAPEX 2014, achieved almost 100 per cent increase in the number of participants over last year.Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has described it as one of the best ever.The show attracted over 105 buyers from wholesalers and tour operators from the international market; 230 travel agents and over 250 suppliers. The premier tourism trade show, JAPEX 2014, achieved almost 100 per cent increase in the number of participants over last year, with Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, describing it as one of the best ever.Ending Tuesday, September 23, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in Rose Hall, St. James, the show attracted over 105 buyers from wholesalers and tour operators from the international market; 230 travel agents and over 250 suppliers.“I think that this is definitely one of the best JAPEX we have had over the years,” the Minister said, after an extensive tour of the display booths on September 22.“This year, through the linkages hub, one of the things that we have done, is to really push the involvement of our local manufacturers, farmers and all the associated (groups). What was really interesting was that the space of the usual JAPEX was about half the hall, but this year, we have taken the entire hall space because of the inclusion of the manufacturers,” Dr. McNeill noted.“This gives another side to the business, because the people the manufacturers want to meet are the same persons that are already here for the trade show. So, it really has been a tremendous success,” he added.The Minister said that the feedback he has had from participants is very positive, including manufacturers, hoteliers and operators of attractions.“They are saying that it is good business, brisk and very productive. This is something that we will have to broaden to ensure that we not only bring visitors to the island, but seek to deepen the impact of tourism on the local economy,” the Minister argued.President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Nicola Madden Greig, said: “It’s been a great show. We have seen a little bit more diversity outside of our traditional US, Canadian and UK markets. We are therefore very excited in terms of the prospects that will come out of this year’s show.”She noted that for this year’s show, there were a lot of new buyers coming out of the Latin American markets. Advertisements
Previous articleEskom: long-term credit rating downgradeNext articleSamoan island embraces solar technology Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. BRICS Featured image: RB Industries RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Generation Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Comments are closed. Finance and Policy AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector The Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa seminar opens with a central goal to accelerate job creation in support of youth development in various sectors. Last week, while opening the second annual Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) week in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, officials from the African Union (AU) the NEPAD Agency and the African Development Bank (AfDB) stressed that the programme supports job creation to uplift the youth.This year’s theme has been dubbed ‘Creating Jobs through Regional Infrastructure Development’.PIDA is a multi-sectoral programme that covers transport, energy, transboundary water and ICT, and is dedicated to facilitate continental integration in Africa through improved regional infrastructure.AU Commissioner for infrastructure and energy, H.E. Dr Elham M.A. Ibrahim, said: “PIDA should play an important role in narrowing the gap between job creation and unemployment.“To that end, public decision-makers and private sector management are urged to actively undertake training and skills acquisition in infrastructure development, particularly in building roads, rail systems, power generation and power transmission systems in order to enable young Africans to be well prepared for the implementation of complex programmes such as PIDA.”Programme for Infrastructure Development projectsThis year the forum intends to build on the achievement of the inaugural event held in 2015 to increase the visibility of PIDA projects, reach out to the global infrastructure investor community, development finance institutions, export credit agencies, project sponsors (public and private) and governments.NEPAD Agency CEO, Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki underscored that if Africa is to be successful in increasing the number of regional and domestic infrastructure projects and their impact, changes are needed in mind-set, policy pronouncements and programme implementation.Dr Mayaki pointed out that there is a need to continue with the positive streamlining of trans-boundary infrastructure projects as highlighted in PIDA and complementary initiatives.“Africa stands to benefit from its critical human resources, the young people, who must be nurtured to enable their meaningful participation in national development efforts and I believe that infrastructure development is central to this,” he said.African infrastructure development agendaMeanwhile in his address, AfDB acting Vice President Stephan Nalletamby, highlihgted that, “PIDA’s continued importance for Africa’s transformation and insisted that the programme was solid, sustainable and attainable objectives for 2030.”“We have selected our destination and we are going to get there, as long as we can be assured of excellence in our infrastructure and total reliability in its implementation and operation on the ground,” Nalletamby added.The AfDB’s official said the PIDA programme is at the forefront of thinking, adding that “we [PIDA] consider it to be critical for Africa’s integration agenda.”“PIDA has the unique feature of being the first African infrastructure development agenda, designed by Africans and fully owned and endorsed at the highest level by African heads of state and government. So it has to succeed,” he concluded.