Public Order Must Be Taken Seriously – Minister Bartlett

Jamaicans are being urged to take public order seriously, as blatantly disregarding it poses an existential threat to both tourism and the wider community.

Tourism Minister, Hon. Edmund Bartlett made the appeal while addressing stakeholders in Negril, following the recent unveiling of a new welcome sign in the resort town.

Mr. Bartlett said disregard for public order is currently the greatest threat to the continued growth and development of the tourism sector.

“It concerns us to the point where we have established the destination assurance policy strategy. We are trying to build with you [the resort towns] the destination management, so that we can bring all the partners together… the Municipalities, the police, public health, fire, the churches and community leaders, and all the key players who are involved in enabling the development of an orderly arrangement of our communities,” the Minister said.

“There is also the business of compliance with rules and regulations. We cannot grow and develop if we continue to flout all the orders and flaunt negative and antisocial behaviour the way we have been doing. The murder business must stop. The disruptive behavior in the communities… the disorderliness where persons want to peddle their wares anywhere… must stop,” Mr. Bartlett emphasized.

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