The Tourism Development Company Limited (TPDCo) reminds owners and operators of tourism entities that it is illegal to operate without being licensed by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB).
TPDCo Licensing Administration Manager Sheryll Lewis said that several tourism entities are operating in violation of the law, which is a violation of the JTB Act (1955).
“You can be sued. The police will give you a summons if you are found guilty of breaking the law. You will go to court and… you could be found guilty, and you will pay the required fine,” she said.
“Under the JTB Act, persons are required, once they operate a tourism entity, for example, a hotel, villa, guest house, water sports and attraction; if you are a contract transport operator or an artisanal trader in any of the designated markets, you must have a JTB license,” she pointed out.
To improve compliance, Ms Lewis said the TPDCo is running a series of ‘Bring Your Application Day’ registration drives in resort areas across the island to facilitate on-the-spot licensing of businesses. tourist.
The second in the series of events was held at the Montego Bay Convention Center in Rose Hall, St. James on Thursday, June 2, where dozens of tourism entrepreneurs came to register their business and request information on the licensing process. .
Another goal was to [link them with] the agencies they will need to obtain a permit or certificate from,” Ms Lewis noted.
These include municipal corporations, the fire department; public health authorities, insurance brokers, the National Environmental Planning Agency (NEPA), the Jamaica Police Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Maritime Authority.
Ms Lewis told JIS News that individuals can also register for the Tourism Workers Pension Scheme, which covers all workers in the sector, aged 18 to 59, whether permanent, contract or self-employed.
The next staging of the TPDCo enrollment campaigns will take place on June 14 at the Rayon Hotel in Negril, Westmoreland, then will move to the Terra Nova Hotel in Kingston on June 24. It will be followed by a staging at Breds, Treasure Beach in St. Elisabeth on July 12.
Meanwhile, Montego Bay Marine Park accountant Antoinette Green, who attended Thursday’s registration event to begin the JTB water sports license application process, welcomed the initiative.
“It was very beneficial because there are documents that I had already gathered but there were others that I did not have. There were also uncertainties which were cleared up by talking to the people on site, so I am now confident in preparing the necessary documentation for the process,” she told JIS News.
Administrative assistant for the Tryall Club in Hanover, Mary Campbell, said the event made the licensing process easier.
“I’m here to license some of our entities, as some of them have been on hold for some time… [the event] It is important for villas to obtain a license, especially for website information. When customers book, they should see only the villas on the website [are licensed],” she says.