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Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says discussions are to be held with all stakeholders in the cruise ship business within the Montego Bay area, with a view to improving that aspect of tourism.

The Minister pointed out that Montego Bay has a number of attractive sites, but the city “needs some marquis attractions."

"There are some discussions that have to take place with our partners on how we move forward to develop cruise shipping,” Dr. McNeill said, during a tour of tourism projects in Montego Bay, on August 29.

He was responding to questions from journalists, who expressed concern about what they said was a decline in cruise shipping in Montego Bay.

While not agreeing that there was a decline, the Minister pointed out that cruise shipping "is driven by land-based soft adventure attractions,” and the city of Montego Bay is in need of more attractions.

"When people go on cruises, they come off to do things. Montego Bay needs some more iconic attractions, and it needs other things as well," he said, adding that serious attention must be paid to the development of attractions in and around the city.