New regulation to boost resort shopping in Jamaica next year

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica In an effort to induce more investment in shopping and get more tourism dollars from that attraction in Jamaica, a new regulation will be introduced by the Ministry of Tourism next year.

Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett announced Thursday, December 13th that, “Cabinet is to consider the presentation shortly and we are sure that in the first quarter of next year the new Shopping Regulation and Regime will be in place.”

He was speaking Thursday at the inaugural staging of ‘Style Jamaica’, a fashion event created by the Ministry of Tourism’s Linkages Network to promote the exciting creations of Jamaican designers.  The event was staged inside the Shoppes of Rose Hall mall.

Minister Bartlett, New regulation to boost resort shopping in Jamaica next year

With a creative backdrop for the staging of Style Jamaica fashion show, Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett announced that new regulation and a new regime are coming early next year to boost shopping and earn more from tourism for the Jamaican economy. Style Jamaica was staged on Thursday, December 15, 2018, by the Tourism Linkages Network at Shoppes of Rose Hall in Montego Bay.

With Jamaica having 4.3 million tourists last year, cruise accounted for only US$37 million of expenditure for shopping, representing three percent of the total value of the experience.

According to Minister Bartlett, “Something is radically wrong with the shopping and we have to fix it.” He backed that up with the fact that “for stopover arrivals we just had about US$36 million which was about one percent of the US$3 billion that we earned from tourism last year.”

He disclosed that the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Finance had been examining this closely “and a comprehensive review has just been completed by both ministries and new architecture for the shopping sector in Jamaica is to emerge.”

The new regime will also look at broadening the schedule of dutiable items “to allow for textile and leather and other such mediums to be used to provide the necessary articles and artefacts that are required for shopping.”

Minister Bartlett said the new Shopping Regulation and Regime “will allow us to invite the big brands to come into Jamaica. But it will also allow for us to broaden the scope of creativity within our own space so that we can produce more exciting items that will be saleable to the tourism market.”

The Tourism Minister is of the view that achieving this will allow for more people to be employed in the subsector with the revenue generated giving the country a decisive boost.

He said the ‘Style Jamaica’ activity represented part of a wider process of sensitization “to the quality of the creative outputs and the cultural assets which we have to merchandise in Jamaica.”

New regulation to boost resort shopping in Jamaica next year

The combination of merchants, government and tourist is captured in line up at Style Jamaica fashion event on Thursday, December 14, 2018 at Shoppes of Rose Hall in Montego Bay. Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett (3rd left) who was guest speaker, announced that in the first quarter of next year there would be new regulation and a regime to boost shopping. He is flanked (from left) by B.D. Dadlani in bond merchant, Indru Dadlani and wife Jyoti; frequent visitor from New York, A. Metha and his wife who own a house in Tryall and Kishin Samtani of Tropicana Jewellers.

While setting the framework for better merchandising, Minister Bartlett also underscored the importance of attracting more investment in shopping with bigger, more exciting malls with branded stores and items in department stores.

“This is how shopping is built. It is built first of all on an integrity in the destination,” he said, adding that he wanted to give credit to the duty free shopping segment “that has built that integrity over the years so that people can rely on good quality and also to get value for their money.”

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