Jamaica vows crackdown on pushy vendors


Jamaica vows crackdown on pushy street vendors in new port

Falmouth Jamaica

By Gay Nagle Myers, Travel Weekly
Jamaica Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has issued a stern warning about overaggressive sales tactics by street vendors, especially in the new cruise port of Falmouth, where cruise passengers already have complained about harassment from vendors.

He said any vendors found harassing tourists face strict penalties, “which should be uniform for the entire country.”

New regulations already are in effect, following meetings in Falmouth between town officials and craft vendors.

Vendors now must register with the Trelawny Parish Council if they want to sell their goods in Falmouth when ships are in port, and registration will be restricted to Trelawny-based craft vendors.

Vendors previously had had to register with local craft associations, but outsiders from neighboring parishes reportedly were able to infiltrate the territory of legitimate vendors.

Each vendor must pay between $23 and $28 to register and must carry a valid ID and proof of address.

In addition, vendors will be limited to 75 on the cruise pier and 20-25 at Water Square in town when a ship is in port. They will be rotated on a regular basis.

Bartlett warned that harassing tourists could destroy Falmouth “as potentially the best cruise port in the Caribbean region. Harassment against visitors is the single most debilitating disease in tourism as it fuels a feeling of insecurity among visitors, and even if hard crimes are not around, it is the problem of harassment that will destroy the industry.”

Bartlett said, “Falmouth has been transformed into a premier resort town that is welcoming more than 10,000 visitor a week. Ills such as harassment must become a thing of the past

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