Letters to the Editor

Putting Port Royal back on the map

Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Dear Editor,

The history of Port Royal spans centuries, from the Spanish to the British and before them the indigenous Taino Indians.

Port Royal was once considered the largest 'city' in the Caribbean. There was a time when ferries offered regular service between Port Royal and downtown Kingston. Why it has been neglected has always being puzzling considering the prospects and business opportunities.

Plans to install a floating pier in Port Royal to facilitate cruise ship visits makes good business sense. The development of Port Royal is not just beneficial for tourism, but the town has always been a chill leisure sport for locals, a place where many take visiting guests for seafood or a short boat trip out to Lime Cay.

Cruise operators are always looking for new stops, and Port Royal is strategically located to nearby routes. Besides the historical sites in Port Royal, such as Fort Charles and the Giddy House, the quaint seaside town already hosts a hotel, popular eating spots, bars, and easy access to cays.

In this the era of social media, destinations that are picturesque are popular with visitors. Being close to the airport there are other options for airline crew stopovers and passengers requiring overnight stays. Port Royal is relatively safe and clean, although buildings in the town could use a paint job and some upgrades.

I believe the Tourism Enhancement Fund should assist with fixing up the town, it all begins with the image. Once things are in place I'm sure cruise operators will become curious, and more visitors to the island might want to explore as well.

P Chin


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