THE Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) yesterday said it fully supports and endorses the proposed Tourism Workers' Pension Scheme announced by the Ministry of Tourism.
According to the JHTA, the proposal presented by Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett at a series of sensitisations is “a step in the right direction and will provide the assurance to our tourism workers that upon retirement they will still have an income and not be left empty-handed”.
The JHTA pointed out that it has been serving on the committee developing the scheme with the tourism ministry for several years was elated that it is now on its way to becoming a reality.
“We note that the draft legislation has already passed two stages and we look forward to its presentation and passing in the House of Parliament,” the JHTA said.
Noting that tourism contributes in excess of 30 per cent of the island's gross domestic product, the JHTA said that the workers in the industry contribute to Jamaica's successful hosting of over four million tourists annually.
“They take care of tourism and the JHTA firmly believes that tourism should take care of them,” the JHTA added.
The association said it will continue its collaboration with the tourism ministry and other partners on policies and programmes for the benefit of Jamaica's tourism workers and the industry as a whole.