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JM | Oct 22, 2021

Tourism business returning to Port Royal in January

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TUI adds the old city to its January 2022 cruise schedule

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett

Tourism business is returning to Port Royal, as TUI, the world’s largest tourism company, has added the old city to its January 2022 cruise schedule

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, who made the announcement, advised that the company has confirmed the resumption of flights and cruises to Jamaica with cruise activities scheduled to begin in January. Port Royal is expected to have five calls from January next year through April 2022.  

TUI specifically outlined plans for home-porting in Montego Bay, St James and the inclusion of calls to Port Royal on its cruise schedule. This confirmation was made in Dubai recently during a meeting involving Bartlett; Director of Tourism, Donovan White and TUI Group executives led by CEO for Markets and Airlines, David Burling and Antonia Bouka – Group Head Government Relations & Public Policy-Destinations. 

Jamaica’s Director of Tourism, Donovan White. (Photo: Facebook @TourismJA)

During the discussions TUI executives advised that their data shows that the demand for cruises is high and it has managed to retain concealed bookings. The company also shared that air capacity for this winter season will be 79,000, which is only nine per cent less than pre-COVID winter figures.  

In those discussions Bartlett assured TUI executives that Jamaica remains a safe destination with very low instances of COVID-19 transmission within the resilient corridors, as well as a very robust tourism workers’ vaccination campaign.

According to him, “our worker vaccination drive has been very effective in Jamaica, with many of our workers opting to become fully vaccinated. It is our hope that soon we will be celebrating 30-40 per cent of Jamaica’s tourism workers being vaccinated as well as a significant increase in the vaccination of the rest of our population by January”.   

Discussions on investment in Port Royal

The tourism minister said he and his team also had discussions with other key partners in Dubai regarding plans to invest in the tourism product in Port Royal.  

Cruise ship passengers arriving in Port Royal, Jamaica. (File Photo: Contributed)

“I have had other important discussions in regards to Port Royal, which may see much more activity coming through for the remainder of the year,” Bartlett said.

“I have just concluded some discussions with DP World, which could result in significant improvements in the European traffic into the Caribbean, mostly in Jamaica, with Port Royal being a critical area of consideration.”

DP World is an Emirati multinational logistics company which is based in Dubai. The company specialises in cargo logistics, maritime services, port terminal operations and free trade zones.

It was formed in 2005 following the merger of Dubai Ports Authority and Dubai Ports International. DP World handles some 70 million containers that are brought in by around 70,000 vessels annually, which equates to roughly 10 per cent of global container traffic accounted for by their 82 marine and inland terminals present in more than 40 countries.

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