BALLYSHANNON VOWS TO GET TOUGH ON YOUNG LITTER LOUTS

first_imgDONEGAL County Council’s litter warden is to meet with members of Ballyshannon Town Council to draw up a strategy to combat littering in the town.The warden is to meet with officials in the coming days as serious concern is expressed by councillors about the state of certain parts of the town.As well as illegal dumping and dog fouling problems, councillors have said there is a huge problem with teenagers dumping empty beer bottles all over the town. Independent Cllr Pat O’Malley revealed that during a recent clean-up, he and another colleague picked up no less than 40 empty quart bottles of spirits as well as various other beer cans and bottles in the Knather area.He said more needs to be done to make a link with the young people of the town to show them they have a responsibility to make Ballyshannon look cleaner.He suggested the litter warden could look at possibly school projects in a bid to catching the younger people at an early age in order to educate them.Ends BALLYSHANNON VOWS TO GET TOUGH ON YOUNG LITTER LOUTS was last modified: April 6th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Ballyshannonlitterlitter wardenlast_img read more

Tourism on Track to Become Fastest Growing Sector

first_img Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the local industry is on track to become Jamaica’s fastest growing economic engagement.This, he said, is based on the sector’s significant inflows to the gross domestic product (GDP), and on the fact that its contribution, in the last two and a half years in particular, “has grown faster than every industry in the country”.The Minister was speaking at a ceremony to announce the 19 semi-finalists vying for the 2018 Tourism Service Excellence Awards (TSEA), at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (March 12).Mr. Bartlett reiterated that Jamaica welcomed a record 4.31 million tourists in 2018 and generated approximately US$3.3 billion in earnings.This, he pointed out, enabled the industry to employ 120,000 people directly, and generate another 250,000 indirect jobs.The Minister further said based on preliminary figures, tourism contributed US$450 million or 22 per cent of the revenue flowing into the GDP, adding that the overall US$3.3-billion visitor expenditure accounted for approximately 50 per cent of Jamaica’s foreign exchange inflows for 2018.Mr. Bartlett, who noted that the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is still putting together the final GDP figures for 2018, indicated that the equivalent 2017 out-turn showed that tourism’s contribution to the national growth figures increased by 0.6 per cent, moving from 8.4 to nine per cent.Meanwhile, the Minister said the industry’s growth prospects internationally are increasingly positive and expected to redound to the country’s benefit, in light of the fact that “Jamaica’s tourism growth mirrors the growth globally”.This, he noted, is against the background of local and global industry developments over the last five decades, and future prospects.The Minister said 50 years ago, some 200 million people travelled globally for touristic purposes and spent approximately US$300 billion.Mr. Bartlett said these out-turns skyrocketed in 2018, which saw 1.4 billion people travelling and spending US$1.6 trillion.In Jamaica’s case, he said 400,000 tourists visited 50 years ago and spent US$300 million, adding that those figures jumped to 4.31 million and US$3.3 billion last year.While noting that tourism accounts for 11 per cent of global GDP, second only to the finance and banking industry’s 19 per cent, Mr. Bartlett said the industry represents 30 per cent of trade in services across the world.“Tourism is now seen as the fastest and only industry that has grown consistently for the last 50 years… with projections for more growth in the future,” he added.The 2018 Tourism Service Excellence Awards ceremony is slated for Saturday, March 30 in Montego Bay.The event will recognise and honour individuals and organisations across the industry who have distinguished themselves through service excellence. Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the local industry is on track to become Jamaica’s fastest growing economic engagement. Story Highlights The Minister was speaking at a ceremony to announce the 19 semi-finalists vying for the 2018 Tourism Service Excellence Awards (TSEA), at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday (March 12). This, he said, is based on the sector’s significant inflows to the gross domestic product (GDP), and on the fact that its contribution, in the last two and a half years in particular, “has grown faster than every industry in the country”. last_img read more