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Tourism Ministry says it’s looking at ways to ensure all stakeholders benefit from return of cruise ships to Ocho Rios, St. Ann

by August 17th, 2021

 

Senior Strategist in the Tourism Ministry, Delano Seiveright says the Ministry is looking at ways to ensure that all stakeholders benefit from the return of cruise ships to Ocho Rios, St. Ann.

 

Yesterday (August 16), the first cruise ship since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic-The Carnival Sunshine, docked in Ocho Rios with some 3000 persons aboard.

 

However, only some persons were allowed to interact with the tourists.

 

Some persons including ground transport operators are calling on the Government to implement a plan that will allow them to benefit financially from the return of the cruise ships.

 

Speaking with IRIE FM news, Mr. Seiveright acknowledged that there were challenges at the pier yesterday, but noted that some stakeholders benefited financially.

 

He said efforts will be made to ensure that other stakeholders also benefit.

 

 

Mr. Seiveright also assured that all persons aboard the ship tested negative for COVID-19.

 

 

Meanwhile, Mr. Seiveright has sought to clarify that the carnival cruise ship which saw a COVID-19 outbreak last week, is not the ship that arrived in Jamaica, yesterday.

 

According to Forbes Magazine, 27 vaccinated people aboard a Carnival Vista cruise ship travelling from Texas to Belize, tested positive for COVID-19.

 

Mr. Seiveright is assuring that persons who test positive are not allowed to disembark the ships.

 

 

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