The People’s National Party (PNP) has hailed former parliamentarian Francis Tulloch as “one of Jamaica’s foremost ministers of tourism”.
In a statement tonight, the party noted that Tulloch, who died earlier today (June 23) at age 81, served as member of parliament for three St James constituencies: Central (1972-76), West Central (1976-80) and North West (1997-2000), and in Eastern Hanover (1992-1997).
“A political stalwart in St James and a former vice president of the party, Francis made invaluable contributions, not only to representational politics, but also to the development of the tourism industry,” the party said.
“He was integral in the formation of JUTA and JACAL, and was keen to ensure that there was space for small operators to earn from the industry, whether through transportation, craft, accommodations, or
According to the PNP, Tulloch’s brilliance propelled him into key governmental roles, where he championed path-breaking policies and programmes, which set a new standard for ministerial operations.
Boasting an impressive record of service, Tulloch was a well-respected parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, minister of state in the Ministry of Transport, minister of state in tourism, before being Minister of Tourism in 1997.
PNP President Mark Golding hailed Tulloch as a legend and true patriot, who epitomized the best of Jamaica.
“We have lost a son who put country before self. Francis was one of those politicians whose love for his country superseded any personal ambitions or motivations. Jamaica will long remember his stellar record of service and nation building. Hail the man,” Golding said.
Senator Janice Allen, opposition spokesperson on tourism & linkages, who worked with Tulloch, said: “My personal connection with Mr Tulloch goes back to childhood as he was a family friend and political colleague of my father.”
MASTER OF HIS CRAFT
She added: “From as long as I have known about politics and the PNP, I have known of Francis Tulloch. In 1997, directly out of University, I had my first job in tourism, working as his assistant.
“It was in Mr Tulloch’s office that I cut my teeth in the industry, gaining invaluable insight from a true master of his craft.”
Allen went on to say that “working with Mr Tulloch helped me to appreciate the valuable contribution of the tourism industry to the Jamaican people and economy. He was a man who always put the people first, earning him the moniker ‘Little David’, the champion of the people”.
The PNP extended condolences to Tulloch’s family, including his widow Doreen; children Tony, Gina,
David, Andrew, Erica and Matthew.