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Jamaica Minister to meet with cruise officials in Florida

Jamaica Minister to meet with cruise officials in Florida

Jamaica Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, will travel to Miami, Florida, today (February 9, 2017) in an effort to advocate for increased cruise shipping business for Jamaica. To this end, the Minister will attend several meetings with tourism interests including representatives of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) and the Mayor of Miami Beach, Philip Levine.

While in Florida, the Minister will also meet with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association’s (FCCA) new President, Mr. Adam Goldstein. High on the meeting’s agenda are ways to facilitate the hiring of more Jamaican crew-members, improving the guest experience at the Falmouth Port, as well as ways to strengthen the relationship between RCL and the Government of Jamaica.

“We have been working very hard to improve and increase the capacity of the country’s cruise industry. The results of which have been spectacular. We recently entered the record-books when the ports of Falmouth, Montego Bay, Ocho Rios and Kingston hosted a combined six cruise vessels in one day. We also welcomed the world’s largest cruise ship in Falmouth and Kingston received its largest cruise ship ever. So, I am very excited to meet with Royal Caribbean’s new president, so that we can build on our successes and strengthen our relationships with this and other major cruise-lines,” said Minister Bartlett.

The Minister also disclosed that he will use the opportunity to advocate for increased cruise business in Jamaica not only in his discussions with RCL but also with Mayor Levine.

This trip forms part of the aggressive cruise marketing efforts being undertaken by the Ministry through the Jamaica Tourist Board. Minister Bartlett previously met with RCL representatives in December 2016 during the FCCA’s reception for Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness in Doral, Florida.

Minister Bartlett will be accompanied by Mr. Delano Seiveright, Senior Communications Strategist, Tourism Enhancement Fund. They are slated to return to the island on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

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