Licensing Administration Manager at travel product development company Cheryl Lewis speaks to JIS News at the “Apply Day” event held Thursday, June 2 at the Montego Bay Convention Center in Rose Hall, St. James. . (Photo: JIS)
SAINT JAMES, Jamaica. The Tourism Development Company (TPDCo) is reminding owners and operators of tourism organizations that it is illegal to operate without a license from the Jamaica Tourism Board (JTB).
Speaking to JIS News, TPDCo’s license processing administration manager, Cheryl Lewis, said that several tourism organizations are operating in violation of the law, which is in violation of the JTB Act (1955).
“You can be prosecuted. The police will give you a summons if you are found to have broken the law. You will go to court and… you may be found guilty and you will pay the necessary fine,” she said.
“According to the JTB Law, persons are required when they operate a tourism enterprise such as a hotel, villa, guest house, water sports and attractions; if you are a contract shipping operator or craftsman in one of these markets, you need to have a JTB license,” she explained.
Lewis said that to improve compliance, TPDCo is holding a series of registration events called “Apply Day” at resort areas across the island to make it easier for tourism businesses to be licensed locally.
The second in a series of events was held at the Montego Bay Convention Center in Rose Hall, St. James on Thursday, June 2, where a host of tourism entrepreneurs came to register their businesses as well as get information about the licensing process.
“Another goal was to [link them with] agencies from which they would need to obtain permission or certification,” Lewis said.
These include municipal corporations, the fire department; public health authorities, insurance brokers, the National Environmental Planning Agency, the Jamaica Police Force and the Jamaica Maritime Authority.
She said people can also enroll in the tourism worker pension scheme, which covers all workers in the sector between the ages of 18 and 59, whether full-time, contractual or self-employed.
The next phase of TPDCo’s registration campaigns will take place on June 14th at the Rayon Hotel in Negril, Westmoreland before moving to the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston on June 24th. This will be followed by a stage at Breds, Treasure Beach in St. Elizabeth. July, 12.
Just last week, it was reported that Jamaica Zoo Attractions Limited did not have a TPDCo license to operate as an attraction after the organization received attention when a lion bit off an employee’s finger after he taunted the animal, an incident that went viral. viral on social networks.
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