Beginning June 5, 10,000 Jamaicans will be recruited to work on cruise ships overseas, says Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett.
Bartlett, who was speaking to reporters following a function at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on May 27, said the massive recruitment drive comes at a time when the cruise sector and tourism, by extension, are showing signs of growth and is a telling indicator that Jamaican workers are viewed positively on the global stage.
“This is a very big deal and a sign that cruise shipping is back,” the Minister argued.
“The cruise lines can recruit anywhere, and to express a commitment to hiring 10,000 of our countrymen and countrywomen is a sure sign of the confidence they have in our workers. We are talking about chefs, bellboys, room attendants… seafarers in general… just about in any department,” he added.
The Minister pointed out that recruiting will be handled by the operators of the cruise lines, and Jamaicans only need to have a clean police record and a clean bill of health.
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