Jamaica at 60 St Ann

NAME OF FEATURE | THE GLEANER | MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2022 3 has revealed that since 2016, over $1 billion has been invested in Ocho Rios to enhance the resort town. He also noted that except for commercial developments, all significant improvements taking place in Ocho Rios were being driven by the tourism dollar. “Billions of dollars have been spent in Ocho Rios over the last 10 years in attempting to build out the destination and to ensure destination integrity,” Bartlett said. The minister, who was addressing tourism stakeholders at a joint meeting of the Ocho Rios chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association and the St Ann Chamber of Commerce, at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort, pointed out that the Tourism Enhancement Fund and the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) have pumped huge amounts of funds into the town, in partnership with other government agencies such as the UDC and the Port Authority of Jamaica. The TPDCo has a $500-million programme with the National Solid Waste Management Authority to ensure that resort areas are cleaned and maintained. Additionally, under the Ocho Rios Improvement Project, some $400 million was allocated to the town for this redevelopment thrust. Of this, $68.2 million was spent on the Turtle River Road and $29 million allocated to refurbishing the cruise ship pier. Another $13 million has been spent enhancing from the pier gate to the marina, and $97 million on the terminal building and parking lot. Bartlett disclosed that a further $286 million was spent as they continued efforts to renew and improve the visitor experience in Ocho Rios. From that sum, $102 million was earmarked for redevelopment of the boardwalk/ promenade from the marina to the parking lot at Ocho Rios Bay Beach, and $184.7 million for the redevelopment of Main Street, fromTurtle River Road to the Ocean Village Shopping Centre. keisha.hill@gleanerjm.com Duty-free shopping is one the lures for tourists in St Ann. North American tourists chilling out at Irie River in St Ann. Tourists about to be elevated on one of the rides at Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios. JAMAICA AT 60: ST ANN

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