Falmouth ready to emerge as model cruise shipping port

Published on : Monday, October 23, 2017

Cruise ShipEdmund Bartlett who is the Tourism Minister said that the Port of Falmouth located in Trelawney is ready to emerge as a model regional cruise shipping destination.


This indicates that the regional tourism industry of Jamaica is all poised to witness additional growth.


Bartlett said that till date the Tourism Enhancement Fund has spent approximately $190 million to undertake projects in the town inclusive of renovation of the courthouse of Falmouth as well as the renowned business district of Water Square. He further stated that they have been working in collaboration with regional stakeholders and government agencies for relocating vendors for more appropriate locations.


He also asserted that steps are under process to keep crime in check in this part of the world.


Bartlett said that through this fresh development for Falmouth, it would turn into an undisputed treasure of the Caribbean. They have also noted the concerns of the visitors when they would exit the port. However he feels that a great deal of that is set to transform once the $1.1 billion worth of additional projects kick start here.


He had been speaking at the Falmouth Heritage Expo and the launch of the Heritage Map of Jamaica on 18th October.


On the other hand Bartlett also mentioned that the Falmouth Port continues to be a pioneer with the cruise passenger arrivals that had totaled 48,910 in August representing a 5.4% rise.


He also said that the continued presence of the class vessels of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis including Allure of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas is a testimony to the fact that the cruise line has had continued commitment to Falmouth.


Bartlett indicated that in preparing for this the Government has upgraded the anti-visitor harassment program resulting in significant safety improvements in Falmouth and the surrounding areas. He stated that he was glad to discover that Falmouth was nicely documented on the map of heritage sites of Jamaica.


He said that this map was produced by the Tourism Product Development Company and it is quite interactive.


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