Community Tourism Policy Being Finalised

first_imgSeveral community-based projects within the tourist industry are to be implemented this year, as the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment seeks to finalise the Community Tourism Policy.Making the disclosure during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, July 2, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, said the Ministry is moving to implement “practical and immediate programmes,” as the formal policy is being finalised.“During this financial year, the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), through the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) project has allocated funding valued at $350 million, which will be used to implement community-based programmes across the island,” he said.The Minister noted that the call for these community-based projects has already been advertised in the print media, adding that the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo)will be available to assist the enterprises in the process of preparing their submissions.“The reach of community tourism can extend far beyond the tourism industry, generating increased capacity within communities, stronger community governance, employment creation and poverty reduction,” he said.Dr. McNeill further informed that under the initiative, a needs assessment study of the agricultural sector is to be conducted. In addition, funding is also to be identified for the development of a craft policy that will govern the craft industry. “The craft industry is an important sub-sector and it needs to have its own policy framework and growth agenda,” the Minister said. The community-based tourism policy seeks to implement strategies to assist enterprises that offer a community-based tourism product, to achieve further growth.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

Metrostar Orders Two More Aframaxes from Daehan

first_imgzoom Greek shipping company Metrostar Management Corporation has ordered two more Aframaxes from South Korea’s Daehan Shipbuilding, VesselsValue data shows.Under the agreement signed on June 15, the shipbuilder is scheduled to deliver the two 114,000 dwt vessels to Metrostar Management in 2019.Athough the financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, VesselsValue informed that the ships have a market value of USD 41.4 million a piece.The order comes only a month after the Greek owner sealed a deal with Daehan for its first 114,000 dwt Aframax tanker duo.Metrostar Management, which is paying USD 86 million for the two tankers, expects to take delivery of the vessels in 2018.World Maritime News Stafflast_img