Jamaica’s Minister of Labor and Social Security, Shahine Robinson, has disclosed that senior executives of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL), the second largest cruise company in the world, have advised that they need more Jamaican workers.
Minister Robinson said, “In discussions with some of the top brass of RCCL, which included the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Caribbean International, Michael Bayley, we were told that the company hires up to 20,000 persons per year and really want Jamaicans to start filling out many of those positions.”
She noted that Jamaicans have been an integral part of the growth of RCCL over the years, making them “top prospects for any recruitment exercise.”
“It is no secret that the cruise lines have been very impressed with the kind of work ethic that Jamaicans have demonstrated year in and year out and have never been shy about opening their doors to many of our workers. I am not the least bit surprised that they continue to be very receptive to Jamaicans, who seek employment with their company,” Minister Robinson said.
The Minister reportedly said that the Government is “extremely pleased” with all the investments and employment opportunities that are being created for Jamaican workers.
“In the meeting with the RCCL folks, there was a huge push for the development of Port Royal for cruise tourism. We also looked at the continued development of Falmouth as a preferred cruise destination and, of course, opportunities for our local business people, including our craft traders,” she noted.
Barbara Greene, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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