A leading Caribbean tourism official wants to see Caribbean nationals derive more benefits from the tourism industry, leading to greater “generational wealth” for residents of the region.
Speaking at the first Global Tourism Resilience Conference, which was held in Kingston, Jamaica last week, Jamaican hotelier Nicola Madden-Greig said this goal can be achieved by focusing on building an entrepreneurial class and through the continued strengthening of small- and medium-sized tourism enterprises.
Calling for “no one to be left behind,” Madden-Greig, who is the president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, recalled that tourism in the Caribbean was started by “the mom and pops in the small communities” and was followed by the “big players” who saw the huge potential of tourism.
She cited opportunities for young people in technology, website development, accounting and legal services as often-overlooked aspects of the tourism sector.
Source: Caribbean Journal