Jamaica News: The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association is objecting strongly to any decision by the Government to lift the ban on jet-ski operations within the island.
According to President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Omar Robinson, jet-skis have been proven to be the most disruptive watersports activity in Jamaica.
The JHTA president said the personal water craft have been used by both licensed and unlicensed operators for the peddling of drugs and tourist harassment.
“In our advocacy efforts, the JHTA met with Minister Bartlett and the Ministry officials on the issue of the resumption of jet skis. We voiced our strong concerns regarding the lifting the moratorium on jet-ski operations in the resort areas, mainly on the grounds of safety. The central issue is that jet skis have been proven to be extremely dangerous and have resulted in violent and tragic injuries and in far too many instances – deaths,” Mr. Robinson said.
The hotelier said since the most recent moratorium in 2014, there has been a marked reduction in the use of jet skis and this has resulted in lives being saved.
“There is nothing to suggest that the irresponsible and dangerous behaviour of personal water craft operators, which prompted the ban in 2014, has changed. We remember the deadly accidents in 2013 and 2014, which have had significant financial liability on our members, and would not like to witness any more senseless deaths,” he said.