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Work begins on new sign to welcome visitors to MoBay

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera
Mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis (second left) and Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett try to lay a stubborn block into its rightful place during construction of the new Welcome to Montego Bay sign at the Sangster International Airport roundabout yesterday. Sharing in the fun occasion (from left) are Godfrey Dyer, chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund; Ian Dear, chairman of Tourism Product Development Company; and Director of Tourism Donovan White.

WESTERN BUREAU:

Ian Dear, chairman of the Tourism Product Development Company, has promised that the new 'Welcome to Montego Bay' sign now under construction will depict the evolution of the island's tourism capital, and reflect the 'Bay's' historical and traditional roots.

Dear, along with Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis, and other tourism officials yesterday laid blocks for the sign being erected at the Sangster International Airport roundabout, at a cost of $17 million.

The city lost its welcome sign to a motor vehicle accident which claimed two lives almost a year ago.

Bartlett, in his remarks, stated that the erection of the new sign, which is sponsored by the Tourism Enhancement Fund, is not only timely but essential.

"Essential, as it will speak to the emotions we want to conjure up in our locals and the thousands of visitors that must traverse this area," said Bartlett.

The sign is expected to be completed by year end.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com