The Trelawny Parish Council is hoping that the plans to erect a statue of iconic track star Usain Bolt in Water Square, Falmouth, will be another way to encourage cruise passengers to spend more time in the historic parish capital.
"A statue will be placed in the square (Water Square) by the end of December, and I expect this to boost the amount of visitors who seek to walk the streets of our town," said Garth Wilkinson, mayor of Falmouth and chairman of the parish council.
"We are currently enjoying a 90 per cent disembarkment rate, but most of our visitors are going elsewhere," noted Wilkinson. "… With a bust of the legendary Bolt erected, this should certainly attract some interest, so the authorities are seeking to capitalise on this."
The project, which is being spearheaded by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) is being done in collaboration with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and the Usain Bolt Foundation.
However, efforts to contact Rosalee Donaldson, senior vice-president in charge of marketing for the PAJ, for more details were unsuccessful.
The council is also looking at ways to honour Veronica Campbell-Brown, Michael Frater and young Marvin Williams who are all natives of the parish.