Lower House passes Tourism Workers' Pension Act

The Tourism Workers’ Pension Act is closer to becoming a reality following the passage of the Bill in the House of Representatives on Tuesday.

The Bill, which was tabled on April 30, will now go to the Senate.

It will establish a defined pension scheme for tourism workers.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said the legislation is coming at a time when tourism is experiencing unprecedented growth globally and locally. 

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“Last year, we had US$3.3 billion earned from just over 4.3 million visitors and so far for this year Mr. Speaker, I’m very proud to tell you that again we’re on track to break all records in 2019,” he told the House. 

“For the first half of the year, Mr. Speaker, we have cleared two million visitors, the first time in the history of Jamaica…and the team tell me that by July, we would have cleared US$2 billion in earnings from tourism in Jamaica,” he said.