This is dependent on the type of licence that the operator is applying for.  The following are the categories of licences issued:

  • Attraction
  • Bike Rentals
  • Car Rentals
  • Craft Traders
  • Contract Carriage Operators
  • Domestic Tour Operators
  • Home Stay (Bed and Breakfast)
  • Hotels
  • Resort Cottage which is broken down into
    • Apartment
    • Guest House
    • Villa
  • Place of Interest
  • Travel Halts
  • Water Sports Operator and employee

From making an application to Tourism Product Development Company Ltd, which an agency of the Jamaica Tourist Board.  The applications are made through our regional offices located in:

  1. Kingston
  2. Montego Bay
  3. Ocho Rios

Training courses are available for the following type of licenses which are provided by our Training unit:

  1. Contract Carriage Licence – Team Jamaica Certificate Training
  2. Craft Traders’ Licence – Team Jamaica Certificate Training
  3. Attraction Licence – Tour Guide Certificate Training and Team Jamaica Certificate Training
  4. Domestic Tour Operator’s Licence – Tour Guide Certificate Training and Team Jamaica Certificate Training
  1. It takes two (2) weeks to process the Contract Carriage and Craft Traders’ Licences
  2. It takes approximately one (1) month to process the other categories of licences as the Board of the Directors of the Jamaica Tourist Board meet on the third Tuesday of the Month and the submissions have to be made in advance of the meeting.
  1. This can be done by contact the Licence Processing Unit of TPDCo where the data base is housed.
  2. In addition the information should be located on the website of the Jamaica Tourist Board at visitjamaica.com

This was answered in the previous email.

There are various expiry dates for the various licences and they are as follows:

 

LICENCE TYPE

ANNUAL EXPIRY DATE

COST OF LICENCE

ATTRACTIONS

APRIL 30TH

$6,000/ year and $18,000 for a 3 YR licence (granted to new entities and renewal after)

BIKE RENTALS

MARCH 31ST

$6,000

CAR RENTALS

SEPTEMBER 30TH

$6,000

CONTRACT CARRIAGE

MARCH 31ST

$3,000 / vehicle and $500 / additional driver

CRAFT TRADER

JUNE 30TH

$1,000 / Craft Trader and $500 /Assistant

DOMESTIC TOUR

MARCH 31ST

$6,000

HOME STAY (BED AND BREAKFAST)

ONE YEAR  AFTER DATE OF WHICH LICENCE WAS FIRST GRANTED

NO COST

HOTEL

INDEFINITE – NO EXPIRY DATE

NO COST

PLACE OF INTEREST

APPROVAL LETTER – NO EXPIRY DATE

NO COST

RESORT COTTAGE:

·         APARTMENT

·         GUEST HOUSE

·         VILLA

INDEFINITE – NO EXPIRY DATE

NO COST

TRAVEL HALT

APPROVAL LETTER – NO EXPIRY DATE

NO COST

WATER SPORTS

APRIL 30TH

$6,000  for Operator and $500 for each employee

 

The requirements for licensing are the same, however for an Attraction, there must be an entry fee while for a Place of Interest there is no entry fee.

There is no limit to the amount and an assessment would have to be made by the insurance company in order to determine a recommended amount for the entity.

Yes we accept Public Liability Insurance from overseas companies.

As per the Tourist Board Act, persons providing tourism related services are required to be in possession of a Jamaica Tourist Board licence (JTB).  There are several benefits of being in possession of a JTB licence and they are namely:

  1. Access to incentives offered to JTB licensed entities under the Fiscal Incentives (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act
  2. To be listed on the Jamaica Tourist Board

Incentives are provided under the Fiscal Incentives (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act to the following categories of tourism licences granted:

  1. Attractions
  2. Car Rentals
  3. Contract Carriage Operator
  4. Domestic Tour Operator for the Contract Carriage vehicles
  5. Hotels
  6. Resort Cottage which is broken down into
    1. Apartment
    2. Guest House
    3. Villa
  7. Water Sports Operator

Tourism is a broad based industry and depending on the type of licence being applied for, then the respective requirements are needed according to the entity type.

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