Joe Issa elected to head Ocho Rios chamber

Senior vice president of SuperClubs, Joe Issa, is the new president of the St. Ann Chamber of Commerce.

He was elected unopposed at the 41st annual general meeting of the Chamber at the Shaw Park Beach Hotel in Ocho Rios, St. Ann at the weekend.

Joe Issa elected to head Ocho Rios chamber

He replaces businesswoman Jeanne Dixon, who did not seek re-election after three consecutive terms at the head of the organization.

In his acceptance speech, Issa thanked the members for the confidence they displayed in him and gave an assurance that he would work tirelessly to advance the interests of the parish.

The newly-elected president also stated that he was seeking clarification on the issue of cruise ship head taxes as it related to the ports of Ocho Rios and Montego Bay as news reports from different sources had quoted three different sets of figures.

He implored the authorities to treat the matter carefully to ensure that any concession given to Montego Bay was not done to the detriment of Ocho Rios.

Issa said that he was not opposed to a reduction in the head tax for Montego Bay but said that the economy would be best served by a reduction across the board in the anticipation of greater arrivals.

Ocho Rios businessmen, Dean Clarke, was elected 1st vice president and restaurateur, Eve Myers 2nd vice president, of the Chamber.