The Government of Jamaica, through the Ministry of Tourism, is placing special emphasis on developing Falmouth as the ideal Jamaican tourist destination.
At a recent meeting with Niu Qingbao, the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Jamaica, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett presented him with a copy of the book, Fascinating Falmouth. The book was written by Jackson Town, Trelawny born, Fay Pickersgill. She is the former director of tourism and outgoing Ambassador to China.
Just recently, Minister Bartlett announced that an artisan village will be built in the former Hampden Wharf building now on the Falmouth Pier complex. This will further enhance Falmouth’s tourism product.
The town has recently undergone road resurfacing and a new market is being built on Market Street. The pier itself is due for an expansion soon.
Still, residents claim that they are not seeing the benefits from the cruise ships and the thousands of visitors they bring each week. Whatever development the government plans must include facilitating the developing of attractions by private interests in and around the town itself. It seems developing attractions are now restricted to the Falmouth Pier property.
If attractions are not developed inside the parish (outside the port property), then visitors will have no choice but to stay on the pier complex. Then, Trelawny parish will continue to reap minimal benefits.