Jamaica Tourist Board Disbands

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According to a release issued by Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism, the Jamaica Tourism Board has disbanded itself to allow Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett to reappoint a new team to “meet the ever-changing demands of tourism globally.”

“A changing landscape of which has never been seen before demands a new architecture," Bartlett said in a written statement. "We need to rebuild and redesign our structure to allow us to not only survive in these times of economic uncertainty, but to prosper and grow.”

According to Bartlett, the new team is expected to be named and in place within a week ahead of the 2008-2009 winter tourism season, which officially kicks off December 15. According to the Jamaica Gleaner, however, sources have indicated the new team will be led by John Lynch, who will be reappointed executive chairman and director of tourism.

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