Security Audit of Hotels and Attractions to be Reviewed This Week

Speaking at the 58th annual general meeting of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel and Spa, Montego Bay, St. James, on June 29, Mr. Bartlett said the audit is complete and “should reach my desk on Monday (July 1)”. Story Highlights “The issue of safety and security is very central to us (Government). We will have further discussions with the JHTA as it relates to the recommendations, and together we will craft the new architecture in Jamaica,” the Minister noted. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the security audit of hotels and attractions islandwide, which was undertaken by the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), will be reviewed this week. Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the security audit of hotels and attractions islandwide, which was undertaken by the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), will be reviewed this week.Speaking at the 58th annual general meeting of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel and Spa, Montego Bay, St. James, on June 29, Mr. Bartlett said the audit is complete and “should reach my desk on Monday (July 1)”.“The issue of safety and security is very central to us (Government). We will have further discussions with the JHTA as it relates to the recommendations, and together we will craft the new architecture in Jamaica,” the Minister noted.International security expert, Dr. Peter Tarlow, provided technical support in the production of the report.The document is expected to contain a complete list of findings and recommendations on the way forward as the Government seeks to ensure that Jamaica remains safe and secure for visitors as well as locals.It was designed to get a thorough evaluation of the security vulnerabilities of the properties within the hospitality sector and destination areas to uncover non-compliance, deficiencies and irregularities and to assist the operators of these enterprises to enhance the quality of their existing security apparatus.The audit aims to measure, monitor and assess the overall security architecture within the industry; collect and collate data in relation to incidents; establish benchmarks and minimum thresholds for elements of the security apparatus; establish a pathway to correction for the industry and mitigate the concerns of the market; reduce negative public relations values that have partially affected the destination Jamaica brand value; enable human resource personnel practices, such as training, monitoring and recruiting staff within the industry, and ensure that these are aligned with destination assurance principles as a mitigation strategy.The main areas of focus were personnel and electronic security, environmental profile, building safety and security, communication devices and security incident history. read more

Residents of Somerton St James Benefit From Free Dental Services

Story Highlights The five-day engagement, which was held at the Somerton All-Age School from September 2 to 6, was led by a team of 45 student and professional dental care volunteers from the United States of America (USA), Canada, and the Caribbean. Scores of residents in Somerton, St. James, and its environs benefited from free dental services during the Great Shape! Inc. 1000 Smiles Project dental clinic. Among the services provided were fillings, cleanings, and extractions, along with a series of oral health seminars. The clinic was staged in collaboration with the Sandals Foundation. Scores of residents in Somerton, St. James, and its environs benefited from free dental services during the Great Shape! Inc. 1000 Smiles Project dental clinic.The five-day engagement, which was held at the Somerton All-Age School from September 2 to 6, was led by a team of 45 student and professional dental care volunteers from the United States of America (USA), Canada, and the Caribbean.Among the services provided were fillings, cleanings, and extractions, along with a series of oral health seminars. The clinic was staged in collaboration with the Sandals Foundation.Regional Public Relations Coordinator for Sandals Resorts Montego Bay Region, Sherine Williams, told JIS News, that by partnering with Great Shape, the Foundation was able to aid in the organisation’s goal to “reach people and educate them about great homecare and proper dental hygiene”.“The partnership is quite fitting and is beneficial for both charities, because we are able to achieve the aim that we both have,” Ms. Williams stated.The Sandals Foundation donates more than $2 million in accommodations, in-country transportation and food to the Great Shape organisation on their annual missions to the region.The Foundation has been a part of the project for 10 years. However, Great Shape’s partnership with the Sandals Resorts International brand has been ongoing for 17 years.For his part, volunteer dentist with Great Shape, Dr. Al Hasan, told JIS News that he was very happy to be on the island to aid persons who are in need of dental care, and thanked Jamaican officials as well as Sandals for partnering with the organisation.Dr. Hasan pointed out that the volunteers saw over 200 patients daily during the clinic in Somerton, in keeping with their endeavour to accommodate as many persons as was possible.“Thanks to everyone who put an effort into facilitating [the clinics on the island]… we really appreciate it,” he added.Meanwhile, Somerton resident, Cleon Reid, who got his teeth cleaned at the clinic, told JIS News that he was pleased with the service.“The experience I had was tremendous. I am grateful to them (Great Shape volunteers) for the good work that they are doing and [I hope] they continue to help people,” Mr. Reid said.Great Shape! Inc.’s 1000 Smiles Project provides free access to dental care services to families in the Caribbean. The project targets rural areas that have limited access to these provisions.The project is an initiative by Great Shape! Inc., a USA-based non-profit organisation.The Great Shape! Inc. 1000 Smiles Project dental clinics are also held in partnership with the Ministry of Health and Wellness as well as the University of Technology (UTech).The Somerton dental clinic was held simultaneously with clinics in Mount Carey and Spring Mount in the parish.Great Shape’s next series of clinics will be held in Westmoreland over the following week. read more