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UPDATED: Tourism officials rush to avert further fallout in Falmouth tourism

Published:Monday | July 10, 2017 | 12:00 AM
In this file photo 'Oasis of the Seas' towers over the town as it docks in the Falmouth pier.

Tourism officials are rushing to find an effective strategy to curtail harassment in and around the multibillion-dollar Falmouth cruise ship pier to avert any further fallout in the tourism trade.

Members of the National Cruise Council, led by Chairman Michael Belnavis, and representatives of the Jamaica Tourist Board and the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) are now meeting at the Tourism Ministry in New Kingston to find a solution to the problem.

Acting president of the Trelawny Chamber of Commerce, Delroy Christie, has said the harassment problem is becoming unbearable.

However, Belnavis says one of the strategies to combat harassment is to get Falmouth designated a Resort Area.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this article stated that three cruise ships were pulling out of Falmouth. The Port Authority has since indicated that this is not the case.)