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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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Tourism and Health Programme Launch

Steering committee

Mrs. Jennifer Griffith 
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Tourism  
  Mrs. Sancia Bennett Templer
Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Health
  Dr. Winston De La Haye
Chief Medical Officer (CMO) (Ag.)
Ministry of Health 
Ms. Denise Knight
Senior Secretary to the Chief Medical Officer
Ministry of Health
  Ms. Grace Pearcy-Brown
Secretary to the Chief Medical Officer
Ministry of Health
  Dr. Beverly Wright
Director Health Promotion & Protection (Ag.) 
Ministry of Health
Mr. Collin Cooper
Environmental Health Officer
Specialist Food Safety and Protection
Environmental Health Unit
Ministry of Health
  Dr. Karen Webster-Kerr 
Principal Medical Officer/National Epidemiologist
Ministry of Health
   Dr. Iyanna Wellington-Perkins 
Medical Epidemiologist, Communicable Disease Surveillance
Ministry of Health
Dr. Taraleen Malcolm 
Sustainable Development and Environmental Health
PAHO/WHO Jamaica, Bermuda and The Cayman Islands
  Mr. David Dobson
Senior Director
Technical Services 
Ministry of Tourism
   Ms. Venessa Grant
Administrative Assistant to the Senior Director
Technical Services (Acting)
Ministry of Tourism
 Ms. Sonia C. Rowe
Executive Assistant to the Permanent Secretary 
Ministry of Tourism
   Ms. Thelesha D. Warren 
Executive Secretary to the Permanent Secretary 
Ministry of Tourism

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