Jamaica News, January 24, 2018
Montego Bay, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – Juta Montego Bay: Following a State of Emergency being imposed on the parish of St James last week, the General Secretary of the Jamaica Union of Travellers Association Limited (JUTA) have come forward and stated that the State of Emergency is in no way damaging to the Tourist Industry.
The General Secretary Linda Smalling in an interview with reporters in Flankers, Montego Bay, related that as tour operators they welcome the State of Emergency. According to her, since the start of the operation, they have seen various delays and long stops at checkpoints leading from Montego Bay to Negril, Falmouth and Ocho Rios but it is understandable and at times, tour operators have to explain the situation to the tourist.
Mrs Smalling further pointed out that since the State of Emergency, they have been faced with several cancellations but there is not much they can do based on the fact that a State of Emergency is not new to any countryman and she believes each and every visitor by now knows what to expect in such a crisis.
She is now calling out on all JUTA members to comply and work along with the relevant authorities in their fight against crime.