Licensing of Tourism Entities

All tourism entities are required to be in possession of a Tourist Board licence as per Section 23A the Jamaica Tourist Board Act (1955) The categories of licenses issued are as follows:

Indefinite Licence at no Cost

Accommodations Sector

  • Hotel
  • Resort Cottage (which includes: Apartments, Guest Houses and Villas)
  • Bed and Breakfast (Policy under review)
Other Tourism Related Licences / Approvals Issued

Travel Agencies
Tourism Product Development Company Ltd provides secretariat services to the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment for the processing of licences for all Travel Agencies in the island. All Travel Agencies are required to be in possession of a licence as per the Travel Agency Act (1956)

  • Travel Agencies
  • In Bond
Operators of Tourist (Duty Free) Shops are required to obtain a licence under the Tourist (Duty-Free) Shopping System Act (1974). Letter requesting a “No Objection” for the operation of the Duty-Free Shop is to be sent to the representative of the Jamaica Tourist Board located at:

Jamaica Tourist Board
Block G
Montego Bay Convention Center
Rosehall
Tel # (876) 979-7987/8

Once the requisite documents are in place then the Jamaica Tourist Board will contact the relevant Tourism Product Development Company Ltd regional office to make arrangements for a Product Quality Assessment of the facility to be conducted.

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