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Product Enhancement Work to be Undertaken in Montego Bay

Ministry of Tourism | 2012-08-31 10:08:00

Efforts are underway to further enhance sections of the resort town of Montego Bay, St. James through projects which will be undertaken by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo). This was revealed by Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill during a tour earlier this week of various projects being undertaken by both agencies to enhance the island’s tourism product.

Among the initiatives is improvement work which will be completed on the Montego Bay Civic Centre, a heritage site, which is being repositioned to capitalize on business opportunities. This will see the establishment of a state of the art museum, and the expansion of the facility to accommodate the establishment of businesses on the property including a bistro, specialty restaurants and a gift shop. The aim is to boost the profile of the site and take steps to ensure its financial viability, efficient use and maintenance, while providing a good visitor experience for its patrons.

Minister McNeill also indicated that a beautification project will also be undertaken for approximately five (5) km of the Bogue Road at key intersections, namely Reading, Long Hill, Fairfield and Alice Eldermire roads. This will include the landscaping of verges and the planting of Poinciana and Poui trees along the roadway to improve the appearance of the thoroughfare and the entrance to the city.

After touring both sites Minister McNeill, said he feels very excited about these projects and believes that they are feasible. However he said “we want to get the community, schools and other civic bodies  involved as we feel that this will increase the chances of not only the successful execution of the projects but also their sustainability.” He expressed great optimism about the prospects for the Civic Centre which he believes has huge potential. The Minister said “we will do some work with the curators to bring the museum up to a higher standard and we’re hoping to move with that project quickly.”

The projects are being executed by TEF in collaboration with TPDCo, the Parish Council and other agencies. Minister McNeill was accompanied on the tour by State Minister for Tourism and Entertainment, the Hon. Damion Crawford, His Worship the Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Glendon Harris, representatives from TPDCo and TEF including Chairman of the TEF, Senator Noel Sloley, and other government officials.

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