In light of misgivings being expressed nationally about the widescale opening of Jamaica to overseas visitors, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has asserted that the industry’s corridors will be split to accommodate the island’s reopening.
The corridor will run from Negril in the north-west to Port Antonio in the north east, allowing Ministry of Health and Wellness personnel easy access to tourism entities operating on the coast.
“So it’s a manageable corridor which is able to have easy access, for it is important that we will be able to trace the visitor and to contain their movement within those areas.
With respect to the second phase, Bartlett said Kingston was a special case, and even though it does not fall in the north, is considered as ‘business travel’ and would be subsumed in the first phase.
As for the delay in reopening the south coast, which spans Whitehouse in Westmoreland to Kingston, Bartlett said, the north coast was given the edge over this zone as it currently has better transportation arrangement and ease of access to communication.