Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, is admitting that the country has some ‘hard work’ to do to rebuild the reputation of the Falmouth Pier in Trelawny.
His comment follows reports on Friday that two major cruise shipping lines, Allure of the Sea and Royal Caribbean, would not be bringing passengers to the Pier for the coming season and next year.
This, as a result of concerns about the state of the town and the harassment of visitors.
Minister Bartlett explained that another cruise line from ‘Celebrity’ was unable to be accommodated by the Falmouth port.
The move is expected to cost Falmouth $5-million per week in much-needed revenue.
Minister Bartlett says there are also concerns about the larger cruise route to which Falmouth is attached.
Meanwhile, Minister Bartlett says the government has already begun taking measures to reduce the impact of the pullout.
Meanwhile, CEO of Chukka Caribbean Adventure Tours and member of Jamaica Cruise Council, John Byles, says the pull out of the two cruise lines will hurt Falmouth.
However, he shares Minister Bartlett’s optimism that the impact will be mitigated somewhat from other cruise lines.
Mr. Byles says the government and other stakeholders must now work to bring Falmouth up to standard.