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  • There has been a 10 per cent increase in cruise ship arrivals in Jamaica this year, compared to 2013.
  • Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, told JIS News that arrivals at the Falmouth Port in Trelawny and Montego Bay Port in St. James continue to be very impressive.
  • Dr. McNeill said there is a lot of work to be done to ensure that Jamaica maintains its status as the destination of choice.

There has been a 10 per cent increase in cruise ship arrivals in Jamaica this year, compared to 2013.

Tourism and Entertainment Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, told JIS News that arrivals at the Falmouth Port in Trelawny and Montego Bay Port in St. James continue to be very impressive.

“We are up about 10 per cent over last year across the board… arrivals at Falmouth and Montego Bay are up over Ocho Rios. Next year we are going to have some challenges with arrivals at Ocho Rios, because the Carnival Breeze will be relocating to the Falmouth Port,” the Minister said.

Dr. McNeill argued that the anticipated challenge that will face the Ocho Rios port will present an opportunity to players in the trade in that resort town to reposition the facility and ensure that it remains attractive to cruise shipping companies.

“We have already started infrastructural works in Ocho Rios…working with our partners. We are trying to get a better product. Ocho Rios is a fabulous cruise destination…it has been up to number 12 in the world, so we are going on a  drive to make the resort regain itself as one of the greatest cruise destinations in the world,” the Minister said.

While remaining optimistic that the cruise shipping industry will continue to be vibrant, Dr. McNeill said there is a lot of work to be done to ensure that Jamaica maintains its status as the destination of choice.

“It is a process…you have got to do the work. Moving cruise shipping is an 18-month process, so the work we are doing now, we will see the results in the future,” the Minister told JIS News.

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