Established in 1961, the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) is the organization, which represents Jamaican hotels, other visitor accommodations as well as most suppliers of goods and services to the tourism industry. The main aim of the JHTA is to promote the development of Jamaica’s hospitality industry and to represent the interests of its members in all fora, locally, regionally and internationally.
JHTA promotes the interests of its members with government and its agencies, with other elements of the private sector and with international organizations. Through its association and representation on the Boards of Directors of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) it ensures a strong voice for its membership in the development and marketing of Jamaica’s tourism. The JHTA is a major member of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica. Its participation ensures a leading role for the private sector’s interests in the policies and programmes of the PSOJ.
Internationally, JHTA is affiliated with the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association. This valuable liaison provides the JHTA with the opportunity to secure critical information and exposure for its members.
The Association is divided into Local Chapters to ensure participation at all levels. The Ocho Rios Runaway Bay Chapter represents tourism interests in the Parishes of St. Ann and St. Mary.
In addition to representing our interests, we are also involved in charities, including providing assistance to our local JHTA Scholarship Recipient and other community activities.
We also work with local Agencies and Community Based Organizations to facilitate the enhancement of our area for both locals and visitors.