Businessmen welcome rail service revival


December 14, 2016
In this 2011 file photo, hundreds of persons wait at the Spanish Railway Station to get on the train to take them to Denbigh in Clarendon.

Business interests on Jamaica's south coast are hailing the plan to bring back the rail service to their area, describing it as a step in the right direction.

According to them, not only will this be a game changer as it relates to business on the south coast, but is something that will assist in diversifying the country's tourism offerings.

Chairman of the south-coast chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Jason Henzell, said the region offers visitors a different kind of tourism experience, which the rail service will help to boost.

"I have always believed in tourism on the south coast. People see the south coast as an alternative to the mass-marketing tourism on the north coast and a place where you go for adventure and to see the other side of Jamaica," Henzell said.

He pointed out that when the rail service was in operation, the south coast, especially the Appleton Estate Rum Tour, was very popular and held its own in terms of visitor arrivals.

A sum of US$250 million will be invested in the resuscitation of the country's cargo and passenger rail service by the Government and several investors, including United States company Herzog International.

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