John Gentles 1980-1984 INSTRUMENTAL IN SETTING THE STAGE FOR THE PHENOMENAL GROWTH OF THE 80’S John Gentles became the Director of Tourism in 1980. His directorship lasted for four years until 1984. He took over the reins at a time when his energies had to be centered on regaining a growth path for Jamaica’s tourism. He was instrumental in setting the stage for the phenomenal growth of the eighties.