Major renovation for Montego Bay Convention Centre
The Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James, is to be renovated at a cost of approximately $200 million.
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said this forms part of the Government's undertaking to make the facility "fit for purpose" in its transformation into a major venue to host meetings and conventions, thereby boosting its profitability.
He indicated that the renovation would be completed in time to enable the centre to host the United Nations World Tourism Organization's global conference, scheduled for November 27 to 29.
Additionally, Bartlett said that efforts would continue to consolidate the facility's status as a venue of choice to ensure that it remains foremost in the minds of stakeholders in the local, regional, and global marketplace.
The tourism minister was addressing the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry's 'Invest MoBay Breakfast Forum' at the Royal Decameron Hotel in St James last Friday.
Bartlett also said that the convention centre continued to rebound after suffering millions of dollars in losses over the past several years.
He said that consequent on interventions over the past nine months, "we have improved revenue by 65 per cent and we have turned around a projected loss of US$2 million to J$40 million".