Published on : Tuesday, February 14, 2017
For the last few years, Jamaica had been attracting travelers worldwide. Popular cruise destinations in Caribbean, Jamaica successfully maintained its position as a key cruise spot in the world. In order to attract profitable tourist dollar, the Port Authority of Jamaica is all prepared. Multi-billion dollar developmental projects at two significant ports are some of the strategies the port authority has in the pipeline.
Revamping of Ocho Rios Fishing Village and its close surroundings Reynolds Pier last November, and $2.5bn port transformation scheme etc. are all being done to make Montego a noteworthy cruise destination in Jamaica.
The changes and prospects are really praiseworthy. Cruise passenger numbers in 2016 have been steadily increasing with 13 percent in comparison to the previous year. According to tourism minister Edmund Bartlett, $111m have been contributed to Jamaica’s economy. On 22nd November, Harmony of the Seas, the largest cruise ship in the world, was welcomed at Falmouth Port. 2017 will witness Royal Caribbean’s 8,000-passenger vessel. It has been scheduled to call at the port twice every month.
Though it’s being considered visitor inflow will continue in the same way, Government is investing heavily to improve the ports of Jamaica hoping to accommodate bigger vessels with higher rewards.