THE Tourism Product Improvement Firm Ltd (TPDCo) says its its staff of product high quality officers has been on the bottom in Negril visiting and assessing tourism entities, with a view to certifying them as COVID-19-compliant in order that they could be included into the pool of choices to guests in that resort city.

As much as July 9, 44 of the 58 institutions in Negril scheduled for evaluation had already been assessed. Of the 44, 43 are licensed by the JTB and 42 are compliant with the COVID-19 Ministry of Well being and Wellness security protocols. Two entities should not compliant and will probably be re-visited once they have accomplished implementation of the acknowledged necessities. The entities assessed embody resorts, sights, automobile leases, condominiums, tour operators, villas, residences and water sports activities amenities.

In response to govt director of the TPDCo Dr Andrew Spencer, “Our focus will at all times be on regulated entities first as a result of we’ve had a number of amnesties for companies to change into compliant with the JTB licences. Nonetheless, we’re not leaving these unlicensed entities behind and have begun doing COVID-19-compliance checks for them. If these unlicensed entities are COVID-19-compliant the JTB, on TPDCo’s advice, will place them on their web site so bookings could be made. These entities, nevertheless, will probably be given 30 days during which to change into JTB-licensed, or else be faraway from the JTB itemizing.

As well as, tourism entities will probably be supported by means of the World Financial institution-funded Rural Financial Improvement Initiative (REDI) programme and different such initiatives to get help for COVID-19 compliance, in addition to to be licensed by the JTB.

The TPDCo has urged different entities to get inside the programme necessities with a purpose to profit from the alternatives that each certifications will present.

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