More Local Investment In European Plan (EP) Hotels Along The ‘Hip Strip’ Needed – Bartlett
Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, is calling for more local investment in European Plan (EP) hotels along Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay, St. James, popularly known as the ‘Hip Strip’.
Addressing members of the Montego Bay business sector in the city on July 28, the Minister said while he is not discouraging local investments in large hotel projects, the ‘Hip Strip’ is a prime spot for EP hotels, which are owned and operated by Jamaicans.
The EP in hotel listings indicates that the quoted rate is strictly for lodging and does not include any meals. Any food provided by the hotel is billed separately. Taxes and tips are usually additional as well.
The Minister told the business leaders present that he wanted to encourage more EP products on this strip…and do not think only of building big hotels.
Highlighting the important role that Montego Bay plays in the national economy as a tourist resort, Mr. Bartlett said it is the largest and most important tourism city in the English speaking Caribbean.
Currently, Montego Bay represents some 35 per cent of the national tourism product. So far this year we have earned about US$1.86 billion, with Montego Bay contributing over US$700 million of that. So, that’s significant and we can’t afford to play games with that,” the Minister said. BM