Jamaica News, Falmouth: The town of Falmouth, once the epicentre for economic activities in Jamaica, is experiencing a renaissance, with port and hotel developments and attractions, and is being touted as a major location for tourism and other businesses.
With world-class attractions such as Chukka Good Hope and Martha Brae Rafting, the town, famous for its Georgian-style architecture and historic buildings, has been transformed into a tourism powerhouse, where it is now competing with the traditional resort areas of Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Negril.
“Falmouth has been slowly emerging from the shadows of its more celebrated neighbours to where it’s now making a huge splash for itself in tourism,” Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett tells JIS News.
“Not only does it have world-class attractions but it now also has a major high-end hotel in Excellence Oyster Bay and, certainly, the biggest and most attractive port in the Caribbean in the Falmouth Pier,” he notes.
“Recently, we saw the opening of phase one of the Oyster Bay resort development, representing an investment of US$110 million and which saw some 1,500 persons gainfully employed,” he adds.
Mr. Bartlett says that things will only get better for the parish, noting that in the pipeline are some 6,000 hotel rooms along the tourism corridor from Rio Bueno to Falmouth.
Mayor of Falmouth, His Worship Colin Gager, tells JIS News that not only is Falmouth once again poised to “reclaim her economic and social importance” but is also uniquely positioned to become the tourism Mecca of the region.