He indicated that the renovation will be completed in time to enable the centre to host the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) global conference, from November 27 to 29. The Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, is to be renovated at a cost of approximately $200 million.Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says this forms part of the Government’s undertaking to make the facility “fit for purpose” in its transformation into a major venue to host meetings and conventions, thereby boosting its profitability.He indicated that the renovation will be completed in time to enable the centre to host the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) global conference, from November 27 to 29.Additionally, Mr. Bartlett said efforts will continue to consolidate the facility’s status as a venue of choice to ensure it remains foremost in the minds of stakeholders in the local, regional and global marketplace.He was addressing a Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry ‘Invest MoBay’ breakfast forum at the Royal Decameron Hotel in St. James on July 28.Meanwhile, Mr. Bartlett said the convention centre continues to rebound after suffering millions of dollars in losses over the past several years.He reiterated that consequent on interventions over the last nine months, “we have improved revenue by 65 per cent and we have turned around a projected loss of US$2 million to J$40 million.”The Montego Bay Convention Centre opened its doors in 2011 as a venue for conventions, trade shows, banquets and theatre-style conferences.It was constructed by the Government of Jamaica in conjunction with the Chinese Development Bank, in response to the growing need for first-class meeting and convention facilities on the island.The facility was previously owned by the Urban Development Corporation before being transferred to the Ministries of Tourism, and Finance and the Public Service. The Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James, is to be renovated at a cost of approximately $200 million. Story Highlights The Montego Bay Convention Centre opened its doors in 2011 as a venue for conventions, trade shows, banquets and theatre-style conferences.
The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) has established a charity fund to assist Caribbean islands ravaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.JHTA President, Omar Robinson, made the disclosure while addressing stakeholders attending the 27th annual Jamaica Product Exchange at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, recently.He said the entity has kick-started the support with a US$10,000 contribution.“Our hearts go out to our neighbours as they struggle to recover and rebuild. To assist in this effort, the JHTA has set up a hurricane relief fund for our sister Caribbean islands that have been devastated. It is called the JHTA Charity Fund, and we encourage you to contribute,” he urged.Mr. Robinson implored the delegates, which include buyers and suppliers in the hospitality sector, to consider seriously the whole question of climate change, which has been affecting weather patterns in countries all over the world.“It is certainly in the interest of all of us involved with tourism and travel in this region to do our part in ensuring that climate change is kept on the global development agenda. All of us need to become better equipped to withstand the changes in weather patterns. As travel partners, we are all in this thing together,” he noted.Meanwhile, Mr. Robinson said the JHTA is happy about the establishment of the Ministry of Tourism’s Destination Assurance Council, noting that this will now ensure that the highest international standards are maintained in the sector.The Council, launched earlier this year, will work to ensure that the quality, standards and integrity of the tourism product are upheld.The body is comprised of persons with appropriate skills to ensure the sustainable management of the resort areas, and will play a key role in sustaining brand Jamaica and delivering a quality experience to visitors. Story Highlights The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) has established a charity fund to assist Caribbean islands ravaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Mr. Robinson implored the delegates, which include buyers and suppliers in the hospitality sector, to consider seriously the whole question of climate change, which has been affecting weather patterns in countries all over the world. JHTA President, Omar Robinson, made the disclosure while addressing stakeholders attending the 27th annual Jamaica Product Exchange at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, recently.
Mohali: Newly-appointed South African T20 captain Quinton de Kock on Tuesday said the additional responsibility could be a double-edged sword but he is not thinking too much about it. De Kock is one of the senior players in this new-look team and has been handed captaincy in the absence of Faf du Plessis as the management is looking to groom him ahead of the T20 World Cup next year. “Not too concerned to be honest. It is a new stepping stone in my career, gives me extra responsibility. Not sure if it would affect me negatively or positively,” said the wicket-keeper batsman ahead of the second T20 against India here on Wednesday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh IPL regular de Kock, who won the final with Mumbai Indians earlier this year, is pretty familiar with the conditions in India. Asked if he is prepared to play the mentor’s role in the team, like du Plessis and Ab de Villiers played when he burst on to the scene, de Kock said: “I think they (Faf and ABD) gave me lots of room to play the way I wanted to. I don’t see it why that would change without them being here. “Even they in their career have had to do the same thing we are doing. So we will take it as it comes. In the leadership group in the team we have had a chat (on grooming the youngsters). It is under control so far but we are still learning as part of a young leadership group.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later De Kock said some youngsters could get a longer rope while some may not. “I not going to put a number on it. For some it could be one, for some it could be 10, so can’t really say.” It has effectively become a two-match series with the series opener in Dharamasala being washed out. “It is a bit of a negative,” said de Kock. “We would like to have played three games against the Indian team. Leading into the World Cup, to lose out on a game in different conditions, it is not ideal but it is what it is.” After the IPL final, de Kock had made an interesting comment, calling the triumph with Mumbai Indies the biggest achievement of his career. He still feels the same on the subject. “It is the biggest thing I have won so far. What can I say. If we win a World Cup that would be the biggest achievement. IPL final is a big achievement for any cricketer. As cricketers we want to be part of IPL finals and World Cup finals. Everyone has opinion. My opinion is mine. It is the biggest thing I have achieved so far.” Asked about the Virat Kohli versus Kagiso Rabada contest, he added: “They both are good players in their own way. It will be a good contest. They like being very positive in the way they play.”