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AT YOUR SERVICE: Managing Director of Moon Palace Jamaica, Clifton Reader, is the new President of the Jamaican Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA). Reader, who succeeds Omar Robinson (who served for the last four years), was elected unopposed at the body’s recent AGM, hosted by the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston. For Reader, the COVID-19 pandemic is a moot issue, but he feels local industry players have been doing a commendable job given the circumstances. “We can all be proud of the response of our sector in the implementation of protocols and sanitization routines that have served to protect staff, guests and, by extension, our communities,” says the tourism veteran, who won 2011’s Hotelier of the Year Award.