The Falmouth cruise ship pier generated income of some US$4.4 million (J$380 million) from 50,700 passengers in April alone making it the island’s busiest pier, according to data from the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) and Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB).
The newly opened pier has already contributed to a 41 per cent rise in total cruise passengers in the month – at Falmouth, Ocho Rios, Montego Bay and Port Antonio – over year earlier levels.
Ocho Rios has held the record for cruise activity up to now.
In its first three months of operation, February to April, the Falmouth pier has landed nearly 100,000 passengers and 34,650 crew generating roughly US$8.7 million (J$746 million) in passenger expenditure.
The Financial Gleaner estimates are based on the Annual Travel Statistics 2010 published by the JTB which stated that “cruise passengers spent an average of US$87.35 per person per night”.
Government’s share of the visitor expenditure at the Falmouth cruise pier is projected at only J$91.4 million this fiscal year, up from J$56.7 million in the last fiscal year based on the Jamaica Public Bodies 2011-12 report published by the Ministry of Finance. Additionally, Ocho Rios cruise pier income formerly the island busiest, is projected to be flat at J$30 million, whilst the Port Antonio Marina is projected at J$48 million or nine per cent higher than in the last fiscal year. Montego Bay pier data was not disclosed.
Source: Jamaica Gleaner