Clash Over ‘Extravagant’ $125m Tourism Conference

Clash Over 'Extravagant' 5m Tourism Conference

The Andrew Holness administration has rejected the assertion from the Opposition People’s National Party that the $125 million it plans to spend to host a tourism conference later this year is “extravagant”.

Spokesman on Tourism Dr Wykeham McNeill made the charge Tuesday as the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament examined the proposed ministry spending for the upcoming 2017/2018 financial year which starts on April 1.

McNeill said the allocation for the conference was too much as he queried the slashing of the budget to market Jamaica overseas by a third or $1 million.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett responded that the event is an important one that will bring global tourism stakeholders together to discuss, among other things, making tourism sustainable.

This is an excerpt from an article first published by The Gleaner. Read the original article here: Clash Over ‘Extravagant’ $125m Tourism Conference

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