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‘Port Royal will not be a free-for-all’ — Prime Minister Holness

Security will be a primary focus at the new Port Royal cruise terminal which begins operations later this month when the first ship is expected to dock.

The first cruise ship is expected to dock at Port Royal at the end of January.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said measures will be put in place to guarantee a safe, hassle-free environment for tourists.

Holness met with representatives of the Port Authority of Jamaica, the Urban Development Corporation, the security forces and other stakeholders to discuss the terminal’s development at Jamaica House on Wednesday, January 8.

“Port Royal will not be a free-for-all. It is not going to be a place for hustlers and thugs and people to come to harass, it has to be a place of order.”

– Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness

During the meeting, he said “We are not going to allow this new tourist destination to descend into chaos. We are not going to tolerate harassment and public disorder in this area and I am relying on the security forces to put in place the preventative measures, so that it doesn’t occur.”

The measures will be implemented with a goal of encouraging growth and sustainability of tourism while ensuring visitors enjoy a safe environment.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (third left), addressing a stakeholder meeting on the development of Port Royal, at Jamaica House, in St. Andrew, on January 8.
(Photo: Jamaica Information Service)

“Port Royal will not be a free-for-all. It is not going to be a place for hustlers and thugs and people to come to harass, it has to be a place of order. It will also be a place where not just visitors from overseas will have the opportunity to enjoy the experience, but we want Jamaicans to enjoy the experience as well,” Holness said.

He noted that the measures will be applied with the well-being of the town’s citizens and its historic and cultural preservation in mind. “We are not creating an exclusive zone, we are creating an orderly zone and once there is order, all persons – Jamaicans and non-Jamaicans – will be able to enjoy Port Royal.”

Port Royal has a rich, storied history spanning centuries. (Photo: Visit Jamaica)

Port Royal has a storied history and will be developed under the charge of the lead of the Port Authority of Jamaica, particularly with the view of restore key monuments in the town.

-JIS