THE Jersey Hospitality Association will wait until 2012 to decide whether to merge with the proposed private-public partnership that will take over Jersey Tourism next year.
The move to fund Jersey’s tourism industry with private and public money was supported by the Council of Ministers last month and will be debated in the States next year. Under the new scheme, the private sector would share costs with the States but would have more say in how Jersey is marketed.
And although it was anticipated that the JHA — an independent trade association set up to promote hospitality and tourism in the Island — would merge with the new organisation, its chief executive, Gerald Fletcher, has said that no decision will be made until 2012.
He added that a merger would not be possible without the agreement of JHA members, who want the association to be independent for now.