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Kingston, Jamaica: July 14, 2015: The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment’s Tourism Linkages Hub has undertaken an innovative initiative to boost the purchase and use of more Jamaican made items as corporate gifts locally. This as the hub has moved to host a unique event to get corporate Jamaica holiday shopping very early this year and to encourage the purchase of more locally made gift items, through the its new ‘Christmas in July’ initiative to be held on Friday, July 24, 2015, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston.
Some 80 local producers of authentic craft, gifts and souvenirs will showcase a wide selection of items to buyers from the hospitality sector and corporate Jamaica in general who are looking for suitable gifts for clients and staff. Among the items which will be on display are ceramics, office and home accessories, paintings, bags, processed foods and aromatherapy/spa products.
“The Tourism Linkages Hub is constantly working to ensure that Jamaica’s tourism sector becomes better integrated with other sectors. ‘Christmas in July’ is another initiative to bring together local suppliers and buyers and we look forward to a positive response from our businesses and hotels,” said Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill.
“This event provides an excellent opportunity for persons in corporate Jamaica to see firsthand the creative gift and souvenir items made by our talented local producers, and buyers can order on the spot or initiate discussions and business negotiations,” expressed Chairman of the Tourism Linkages Council, Donavon Perkins.
Christmas in July is a collaborative effort of the Tourism Linkages Hub and its partners, the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA), Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), and Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA).
The primary goal of the Tourism Linkages Hub is to ensure that Jamaica’s tourism sector becomes better integrated with and creates local opportunities for other sectors such as entertainment, agriculture and manufacturing. The hub’s activities are guided by the Tourism Linkages Council. The Council includes representatives of JAMPRO, the JHTA and the JMA and other stakeholder groups.