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Bartlett responds to foreign media on St James state of emergency

Sunday, January 21, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has responded to reports appearing in the foreign media claiming that the city of Montego Bay has been “locked down” by the current state of emergency in St James.

Reacting in an article published in The Independent newspaper in the United Kingdom, titled “Jamaica Safe Despite Upsurge In Violence and State of Emergency, Tourism Minister Insists”, Bartlett was quoted as saying: “These enhanced security measures are not out of the ordinary in international tourism markets and, therefore, would be understood by visitors and welcomed by residents.”

“All members of the tourism fraternity have given their full support to the measure, and are feeling that these actions are welcome to ensure the safety of Jamaica's guests and citizens. There is no need to modify movements as restrictions in the stated areas should not adversely impact law-abiding persons,” he was further quoted as saying.

A release from the tourism minister yesterday said that several international news publications in the United States, Canada, and especially the United Kingdom, have reported that the parish and its capital city, Montego Bay, are on “lockdown”, leading to confusion in some quarters.

His Senior Advisor and Strategist Delano Seiveright also reacted on his Twitter account noting that Jamaica remains safe for visitors and that, crime against visitors in Jamaica is 0.01 per cent and has been so for a long time.

He also tweeted that Jamaica, over the recent holidays, saw a record number of wealthy and celebrity tourists with a total of 60 private jets at Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport at varying intervals between December 23 and 31.

Balford Henry

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