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Falmouth to get $1.4 billion transformation

Published:Wednesday | April 5, 2017 | 4:34 PM
Bartlett ... the scope of the development will involve the restoration and renovation of several historic buildings, as well as the construction of an artisan village.

The government is to spend $1.4 billion to transform the town of Falmouth into a first-class cruise tourism destination by 2018.

This was disclosed by Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, yesterday in the Sectoral Debate in Parliament.

Bartlett says the sum will be spent to prepare the historic town located in Trelawny for a projected growth in cruise tourists.

According to him, the aim is to grow cruise tourist arrivals in Falmouth to 1.5 million and increase earnings to $2 billion by 2021.

At present, each cruise tourists spend an average US$90.

However, the plan is to increase spending to an average US$120.

The tourism minister says the scope of the development will involve the restoration and renovation of several historic buildings, as well as the construction of an artisan village.