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  • Tourism, Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Government remains committed to Falmouth’s sustainable development, noting that the facility has the potential to evolve into one of the Caribbean’s best cruise-ship destinations.
  • Mr. Bartlett said that in the Falmouth Port, residents of Trelawny have the biggest and most attractive facility of its kind, “this side of the hemisphere”.
  • In this regard, he encouraged them to do everything necessary to ensure that its potential continues to be maximised.

Tourism, Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says the Government remains committed to Falmouth’s sustainable development, noting that the facility has the potential to evolve into one of the Caribbean’s best cruise-ship destinations.

Mr. Bartlett said that in the Falmouth Port, residents of Trelawny have the biggest and most attractive facility of its kind, “this side of the hemisphere”.

In this regard, he encouraged them to do everything necessary to ensure that its potential continues to be maximised.

“We are committed to build out the experiences that the cruise visitors require when in Falmouth. We are also committed to ensure a safe, seamless and secure destination where our visitors can move around in a wonderful and peaceful environment. We have been working on the ground with our local tour guides so as to ensure everyone is on the same page,” he told JIS News.

Mr. Bartlett pointed out that the Port was also built in anticipation of the cruise industry’s growing demands, and the fact that bigger ships are being built.

Additionally, he said given the facility’s proximity to the home ports of Florida, Jamaica is a year-round cruise destination and a mainstay on western Caribbean itineraries.

Mr. Bartlett contended that in order for Jamaica to compete with other ports of call in the region, it was imperative that a port of Falmouth’s calibre be built, to afford the country the opportunity to accommodate mega liners.

“We can now look back and say that the deal with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL) to construct [the Port] was very significant. For this, I want to single out the Port Authority of Jamaica and its leadership for their vision,” he added.

Mr. Bartlett said the partnership with RCCL has been seminal over the years, noting that “it is the largest we have been able to forge”.

“Indeed, it is a partnership that has resulted in the largest port of entry in the English-speaking Caribbean and one that has taken our cruise tourism to greater heights,” he added.

Mr. Bartlett said it is symbolic that Falmouth continues to host some of the biggest ships in the world, adding that it will greatly enhance the growth in tourism and increase the likelihood of visitors returning for longer stays.

The Port of Falmouth is located on Jamaica’s north coast, approximately 43 miles east of Montego Bay and 59 miles west of Ocho Rios.

From Falmouth, visitors can access most of the tours currently offered from both locations