Jamaica’s Tourism Emergency Operations Centres Activated to Inform Local Tourism Interests

Kingston, Jamaica – As Hurricane Sandy now a Category 1 system – continues to impact the island of Jamaica, Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment today activated two operations centres to coordinate emergency services for the local tourism sector.

Dubbed Tourism Emergency Operations Centres (TEOC), they are the official sources of information for the tourism sector, keeping it up-to-date on the situation which pertains to the hurricane. This includes disseminating warnings and bulletins from the National Emergency Operations Centre.

They are also set up to analyze and evaluate all data pertaining to emergency operations within the tourism sector, as well as to update local and international media. The centres are located at the Wyndham Kingston Hotel and the Wexford Court Hotel in Montego Bay.

TEOC Director and Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Carrole Guntley, emphasized that “in light of the impact that Hurricane Sandy is having on the island TEOC has been activated and will be the source of information for the tourism sector. We will continue to disseminate warnings and bulletins to the tourism sector as we receive important information on the weather system.”

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon Dr. Wykeham McNeill, said, “TEOC will provide important and timely information for players in the sector as we seek to mitigate the fall-out from Hurricane Sandy. I urge all our tourism partners and Jamaicans in general to exercise care and obey all warnings issued by the relevant authorities during the passage of the hurricane to ensure the preservation of life and property.”

Persons wishing to contact the TEOC may do so at the following numbers:

• For Kingston – 906-9727; 754-7782; 906-8956 or 754-7608 via landline. Via cell phone at 823-3441; 827-9518; 827-9506; 804-1879. Fax 906-1749

• For Montego Bay – 952 2854; 443 6284; 881 6498; 564 7114

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