A third of country’s hotels and guest houses audited in security probe

by May 6th, 2019

Ninety hotels and guest houses have so far undergone a full security audit being spearheaded by the Tourism Ministry and the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo).

 

Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett says the 90 properties reflect 30% of the 300 hotels and guest houses being targeted for audit under the island wide initiative.

 

The security audit is being carried out with support from international security expert Dr. Peter Tarlow and sees a thorough evaluation of the security vulnerabilities of hotels and attractions, to uncover non-compliance, deficiencies and irregularities and to assist the operators to enhance the quality of their security apparatus.

 

The audit followed a number of allegations of inappropriate behaviour involving guests and workers.

 

Mr. Bartlett says the audit is scheduled to be completed by the end of June when a new protocol on visitor safety and security will be rolled out by the ministry.

 

Meantime, the Tourism Minister states that destination assurance is a major selling point if Jamaica is to remain competitive.

 

 

He says several actions have been taken to improve visitor experience.