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Vaz vows tourism revival

Published:Saturday | July 30, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Daryl Vaz

Dubbed the forgotten parish, Portland has experienced a nosedive in tourism over the past 20 years, but things could change in short order as Member of Parliament (MP) Daryl Vaz is adamant about seeking a revival.

Vaz, a minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, has admitted that successive governments have not done enough to address the decline in tourists and cruise ship arrivals to Port Antonio, especially in a parish where tourism started.

"We are now actively looking at the extension of the Ian Flemming Airport," commented Vaz.

"With the extension of the Ian Flemming Airport, we aim to bring in the regional jets. Once we are able to bring in the regional jets, we will be able to encourage a number of hotels, including Dragon Bay that has closed, to reopen for business," he added.

Dragon Bay Hotel was forced to close its doors due to a combination of factors.

According to the West Portland MP, with tourism and agriculture being the heartbeat of the parish, he will be going all out to assist with the tourism revival efforts in a parish, which is not only renowned for its pristine beauty, but also for its huge tourism potential.