Minister of Tourism in Jamaica, Edmund Bartlett, is projecting cruise arrivals to port of Falmouth should reach 1.5M by 2021. This, he sad, was in light of current plans to transform the port city into premiere regional destination.
“Falmouth has the capacity to become the largest distributor of cruise passengers in any given destination within the region,”
Edmund Bartlett said in the release, and noted that Falmouth boasts the biggest cruise ship pier in the Caribbean. With Falmouth now hosting just under a million cruise passengers per year, the minister shared that he expected the numbers to grow.
Bartlett said, that the town’s role in the national growth programme was well defined and that the number of calls on the port would be increased from once or twice per week to 4 days weekly. He added:
“In light of the goals we have set, by 2021 Falmouth is expected to contribute 1.5 million cruise passengers and be earning of US$180 million or J$ 2 billion from tourism spend in the town. This will entail increasing the average spend by each cruise passenger to US$120, up from the $90 now being spent.
“The ministry has committed some $1.4 billion through the Tourism Enhancement Fund to transform Falmouth by 2018 and these transformational projects will bring more attractions to the town and enable greater expenditure by the visitors.”