Jamaican Hotel And Tourist Association
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Jamaican Hotel And Tourist Association

About The Jamaican Hotel And Tourist Assoc.

Established in 1961, the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association is the organization, which represents Jamaican hotels, other visitor accommodations as well as most suppliers of goods and services to the tourism industry. The main aim of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association is to promote the development of Jamaica’s hospitality industry and to represent the interests of its members in all forums, locally, regionally and internationally.

Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association promotes the interests of its members with government and its agencies, with other elements of the private sector and with international organizations. Through its association and representation on the Boards of Directors of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) it ensures a strong voice for its membership in the development and marketing of Jamaica’s tourism. The Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association is a major member of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica. Its participation ensures a leading role for the private sector’s interests in the policies and programs of the PSOJ.

Internationally Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association is affiliated with the Caribbean Hotel Association, the American Society of Travel Agents, the American Hotel and Lodging Association and the International Hotel & Restaurant Association. These valuable liaisons provide the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association with the opportunity to secure critical information and exposure for its members

The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association holds a highly respected position at all levels of government and is recognized as one of the leading associations of its kind in the Caribbean. Founded on November 1, 1961 the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association’s major objective was to give greater prominence to the tourism thereby contributing to the development of the island’s economy. This was particularly critical at the time, as plans were underway for Jamaica gaining its independence. Another significant factor, which gave rise to the formation of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association, was the fact that trade unionism was being introduced to the tourism industry. The creation of an association could therefore act effectively as an umbrella for its members. In formulating the name for the Association two names were identified, Jamaica Hotel Association as opposed to Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association. The latter was chosen on the basis that it would encompass all the non-governmental interests, which were relevant to tourism, rather than focusing solely on the needs of the Jamaica hotel s. To represent the interests of our members, foster their economic and professional growth while contributing to community development and the sustainability of Jamaica’s tourism industry.

§          To become the most effective trade association in Jamaica providing superior service to the Jamaican tourism industry.

§          To promote cooperation amongst Jamaican hotels and other bodies interested in the tourist Jamaican industry and afford a means of exchange of information on all matters affecting the Jamaica hotel and tourist industries.

§          To promote fair and harmonious Jamaican labor relations between members and their employees and to assist them in labor disputes.

§          To establish and enforce a Jamaican code of ethics to be followed in all business dealings between hotels in Jamaica, their patrons and other bodies interested in the Jamaican travel and/or Jamaican tourist industries.

§          To represent, foster, develop, encourage and improve the Jamaican tourist industry and to establish standards and make regulations which the Association may, from time to time, deem conducive to the better operation and expansion of the Jamaican travel industry.

§          To foster both foreign and local goodwill towards the Jamaica hotel and tourist industries of Jamaica.

§          To assist in promoting business for its Jamaican members and particularly in developing every aspect of the Jamaican tourist industry.

§          To undertake such research, experiments, enquiries and work as shall be considered necessary to develop and improve the Jamaican tourist industry.

§          To adopt such means, including all types of Jamaican publicity, promotion and Jamaican advertisement of making known all aspects of the industry as well as the work of the Association.

§          To promote legislation calculated to benefit, improve and expand the Jamaica hotel and tourist industries of Jamaica.

§          To settle the policy to be followed annually by members of the Jamaican Association in respect of the recognition of Jamaican tour operators, or any other suppliers of Jamaican business to the members of the Association, the payment of commission and allowance of discounts and refund of deposits, as well as setting guidelines for bonus incentives and net rates.

§          To confer, correspond, deal or enter into any arrangements with any Governments or Jamaican authorities (supreme, municipal, local or otherwise) or any Jamaican companies, forms, organizations or persons as may seem conducive to the attainment of the Jamaican Association’s objectives or any of them.

There are three types of membership:

ACTIVE restricted to Jamaican hotels, with members having voting privileges. ALLIED all categories except Jamaican hotels, i.e. Jamaican villas and Jamaican firms, which provide goods and services to the
Jamaica hotel  industry. This member has voting privileges. AFFILIATE open to all categories listed under Allied membership but without voting privileges.

As a prerequisite for membership, applicants must be licensed by the Jamaica Tourist Board or the appropriate authority.

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