TPDCo steps up anti-harassment drive in resort areas
The Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) is spearheading an anti-harassment initiative, geared at maintaining order, safety and security within the resort areas.
Executive Director of the TPDCo Dennis Hickey noted that through the establishment of a National Anti-harassment Task Force, and the assistance of the police, various initiatives were being implemented to streamline operations within the industry.
He pointed out that the task force was established as one of the measures to bring jet ski operations under stronger management.
"We are putting in new measures to include extending the distance from which a jet ski can operate from shore. It used to be just a little beyond the swimming zone, which is 30 metres; now no jet-ski can operate within 200 metres of shore," he pointed out.
Hickey explained that all operators have to be registered with the Maritime Authority of Jamaica. Commercial sites are designated and tightly managed and controlled, and people are gradually getting their licences.
The anti-harassment taskforce has also put in place recommended measures to streamline operations at the ports through a rotation system.
"Once you are not on that rotation for the port, you cannot congregate and then try to 'load on' tourist to your vehicle ... . We know that once we bring some order to the transport side, we are well on the way to solving some of those harassment issues," Hickey said.
He noted that soon contract carriage operators will have to present a contract indicating the tourism entity to which they are affiliated.