Tuesday, 6 February 2018

NEWS & NOTES: Holness and Tillerson to hold bilateral talks this week + Jamaica to host 2019 C’bean Travel Marketplace + JCC calls for “resolute” response to crime

GUEST OF HONOUR: His arrival won’t cause as grand a fanfare as the Obama visit a few years ago, but Rex Tillerson’s trip to Jamaica this week is expected to be just as productive. The senior American diplomat is expected to land on Jamaican soil for the first time, this Wednesday, February 7. He will meet with PM Andrew Holness, foreign affairs minister Kamina Johnson-Smith and other government officials to discuss US-Jamaica relations, regional security, energy efforts and Jamaica’s ongoing economic reform efforts. But before jetting into Kingston, Mr. Tillerson, the current US Secretary of State, will visit Mexico City, Mexico; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru and Bogota, Colombia.

GRAND SHOWCASE: Jamaica has been tapped to host the Caribbean Travel Marketplace expo at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, next January. The occasion will mark Jamaica’s fourth time playing host to the CTM, dubbed the region’s largest tourism marketing event. Puerto Rico are the 2018 hosts and, according to reports, over 1,000 delegates attended this 35th anniversary staging. Meanwhile, plans are afoot for the construction of Jamaica’s first entertainment centre in Montego Bay. “We will allocate $50 million to do the design and the necessary preparatory work to ensure that construction of that facility can begin later in this fiscal year,” says tourism minister, Ed Bartlett.

> Sound byte!
“The implementation of the state of emergency under the nation’s constitutional provisions is appropriate in light of the grave danger posed by gangs and individuals who have, for far too long, been holding the country to ransom and threatening the gains arising from the difficult but necessary economic policies put in place by successive administrations. We must be resolute in our insistence that such an outcome cannot be entertained.” – The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) issuing a statement in response to the stage of emergency in the crime-riddled parish of St. James

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