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Tourism has long been a mainstay of the Jamaican economy. However, prior to 1890, the industry was not organized. Available infrastructure was inadequate and much needed services were unavailable.

The industry at that time largely comprised a number of lodging houses and inns which numbered in excess of 1400 in 1830.With the passing of the Hotels Act of 1890, the government encouraged the building of accommodation for the Great Exhibition of 1891. Hotels were opened in Kingston, Spanish Town, Moneague, Mandeville and Port Antonio.

Additional government and private sector initiatives resulted in the formation of several organizations including the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association and the Tourist Trade Development Board (the forerunner of the present Jamaica Tourist Board). During this time there was also a concerted effort to market the island as a health and pleasure retreat.

Today, tourism is one of Jamaica’s leading industries. More than three million visitors are welcomed to our shores each year. The elements of the tourism product include accommodation, transportation, attractions and tours, dining and entertainment (inclusive of festivals and events), and the support services.

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THP Steering Committee

Mrs. Jennifer Griffith

Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Tourism

Dr. Winston De La Haye

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) (Ag.)
Ministry of Health

Ms. Grace Pearcy-Brown

Secretary to the Chief Medical Officer
Ministry of Health

Mr. Collin Cooper

Environmental Health Officer
Specialist Food Safety and Protection
Environmental Health Unit
Ministry of Health

Dr. Iyanna Wellington-Perkins

Medical Epidemiologist, Communicable Disease
Surveillance
Ministry of Health

Mr. David Dobson

Senior Director
Technical Services
Ministry of Tourism

Ms. Sonia C. Rowe

Executive Assistant to the Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Tourism

Mrs. Sancia Bennett Templer

Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Health

Ms. Denise Knight

Senior Secretary to the Chief Medical Officer
Ministry of Health

Dr. Beverly Wright

Director Health Promotion & Protection (Ag.)
Ministry of Health

Dr. Karen Webster-Kerr

Principal Medical Officer/National
Epidemiologist
Ministry of Health

Dr. Taraleen Malcolm

Advisor
Sustainable Development and Environmental Health
PAHO/WHO Jamaica, Bermuda and The Cayman Islands

Ms. Venessa Grant

Administrative Assistant to the Senior Director
Technical Services (Acting)
Ministry of Tourism

Ms. Thelesha D. Warren

Executive Secretary to the Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Tourism

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