Cruise coun­cil given man­date to grow in­dus­try

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

The Na­tional Cruise Coun­cil has been given the man­date of grow­ing the lo­cal cruise ship­ping in­dus­try, to en­sure sus­tain­able growth and de­vel­op­ment of the sec­tor.

The charge was given by Min­is­ter of Tourism Ed­mund Bartlett dur­ing a meet­ing of the coun­cil on Oc­to­ber 27 at the min­istry’s New Kingston of­fices.

Bartlett said the cruise in­dus­try is poised for growth with a pro­jected ar­rival of 1.8 mil­lion per­sons in 2016, up from 1.7 mil­lion in 2015.

“If we do that, then we will have four mil­lion ar­rivals for vis­i­tors this year, and that will be an all-time record,” he said.

The min­is­ter em­pha­sised that the sec­tor needs to grow in terms of earn­ings as well.

“The real Achilles heel for us is that the per capita earn­ing from cruis­ing is abysmally low in re­la­tion to our com­peti­tors. And that per capita spend has to move from the US$84 that it is now, to US$100, and then we ex­pect that it would get to US$150 by 2020,” Bartlett said.

Ed­mund Bartlett

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