The proper management of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) is critical for the growth and development of the tourism sector. There are small properties which could use some of this money for much needed development of their properties and to further enhance their product offering.
We have no reason to criticize the way this fund is used but feel that many low budget and other visitors prefer to stay at small … cottages which give them a family togetherness type atmosphere. These type of properties have their niche market.
Families and individuals want to buy their groceries and cook for themselves … it probably reminds them of a home away from home.
Godfrey Dyer is no stranger to the Tourism Industry as he owned and operated the Wexton, in Montego Bay and served as TEF Chair before from 2007-2011 under a previous JLP Government … when Bruce Golding resigned and then Andrew Michael
Holness continued that term until he called an ill advised snap election in 2011 and lost to Portia Simpson Miller … the rest as they say is history.
Vana Taylor, president of the Jamaica Association of Villas & Apartments (JAVA) endorses the TEF programme. “We would like to see the continuation of major projects to improve all the resort areas … they (TEF) has been funding the Courtesy Corp programme and it is going well.” I did benefit from TEF assistance …
I endorse the reappointment of Godfrey Dyer as chairman … he is knowledgeable about the hotel industry having been a hotelier (owner) himself also managed properties.” In this exclusive that you will only see in Vision.
Dyer was badly burnt in a fire at a hotel he managed. He made a miraculous recovery. Vision wishes Dyer well.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is Senior International Correspondent & photojournalist for Vision Newspaper Canada.