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Tourism Ministry and JTB Pay Tribute to the Late Clive Eugene Taffe

Release Date: 
Friday, September 26, 2014 - 12:00

Kingston, Jamaica: September 25, 2014 – The library at the New Kingston offices of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) was today (September 25) renamed the ‘Clive Eugene Taffe Information and Resources Centre’, in a fitting tribute to the late public servant who gave 50 years of outstanding service to the JTB in various capacities, both at home and abroad.

The announcement was made to an audience of former colleagues, tourism stakeholders, family and friends at the official opening of the Clive Eugene Taffe Retrospective Exhibition at the JTB’s offices located at 64 Knutsford Boulevard.

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, said it was fitting that in honour of Clive’s memory the JTB was hosting a retrospective exhibition that reflects on 20 years of marketing Destination Jamaica.

“I say this because much of Clive’s life was dedicated to the development and promotion of the island’s vibrant tourism sector; and his significant contribution to Jamaica’s tourism industry is reflected in much of the successes we are experiencing today,” said Minister McNeill. 

Director of Tourism, Paul Pennicook said there was no better way to observe the extended Tourism Awareness Week (TAW), which runs from September 21 to October 1, than by remembering Mr. Taffe.   Hailing him as a professional and dedicated worker, Mr. Pennicook said Taffe was “easily one of the most dedicated and passionate salespersons Jamaica has ever had.”

Mr. Taffe, who passed away in June of this year, had the distinction of being the only JTB employee to have served with every Director of Tourism.  The retrospective tourism exhibition, which honours his memory and many years of dedicated service to the tourism industry, will be taken across the island following its run at the JTB. The official opening of the exhibition is one of a slate of activities that the ministry, its agencies and tourism partners are hosting as part of TAW 2014 in an effort to raise awareness of the vital contribution that the tourism sector makes to Jamaica’s social and economic development.