NEPA mobile bus to roll into Treasure Beach on November 8

Published on : Tuesday, October 31, 2017

indexThe National Environment and Planning Agency’s (NEPA) mobile bus is set to roll into Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth, on November 8, so that owners of tourism entities in the area can access permits and licences.


According to a release from the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), compliance level among the owners, particularly as it relates to beach licences, is low.


Next month, owners of Treasure Beach tourism entities will be able to gain additional information about licensing and permits and submit applications through the NEPA mobile bus.


A partnership initiative between TPDCo and NEPA, both agencies recently hosted an intervention meeting to address the concerns with the owners at the Treasure Beach Sports complex.


Security being a criterion for obtaining a Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) licence for accommodations was one of the primary concerns for the owners, as the JTB criteria states that a property’s security measures must be approved before a licence is distributed.


For eliminating the misconception that an expensive security team is needed to pass the assessment, Deanne Keating Campbell, TPDCo’s director of product quality and training, advised the owners that a simple way for getting an assessment done is through the community liaison police, which forms the Community Safety and Security Branch of the Jamaica Constabulary Force.


Keating Campbell said during the meeting, “The community liaison police are our partners. If they visit your respective entities and they pass it as safe, based on their expert point of view, a letter is then sent to TPDCo, and you won’t need any other form of security assessment.” Treasure Beach is known island wide as the home of community tourism. Currently, the community has approximately 50 tourist accommodations in the form of hotels, villas, guest houses, cottages, and home stays.


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