Port Royal prescribed as tourist area

by January 13th, 2020

Tourism Minister, Ed Bartlett says he will be putting measures in place to declare Port Royal a prescribed area, under the Jamaica Tourist Board Act.

This move will ensure a safe and hassle-free environment for tourists, as it would allow police additional remit to handle harassers.

The announcement follows a meeting with government officials, representatives from the Port Authority, Urban Development Corporation, the security forces and other stakeholders regarding the development of Port Royal, at Jamaica House, last week.

During the discussions, the Prime Minister declared that preventative measures would be implemented to tackle potential harassment and security issues at Port Royal, where a cruise port terminal is being developed.

In anticipation for the first cruise vessel, which is expected to arrive at the end of the month, the prime minister, also said, Port Royal is not going to be a place for hustlers and thugs, and that it has to be a place of order.

The designation of Port Royal as a prescribed area, under the Jamaica Tourist Board Act will prevent soliciting for any prescribed purpose in the area.

The Tourism Minister says the country is excited to welcome visitors to a brand new cruise port and will ensure that they have a safe, seamless and secure experience.

He states that by declaring Port Royal a prescribed area, the government will be better able to make the investment sustainable and ensure that the sector continues to thrive.