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Dunn's River Falls not for sale - UDC

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2016 | 2:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The board and management of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) note with great concern the circulation of misinformation and rumours, primarily on social media, that Dunn's River Falls and Park has been sold to the Chinese.

The UDC wishes to make it clear that these statements are false. It is also potentially damaging to the business aspect of our premier tourism product from which so many Jamaicans earn a living.

The UDC, as Government's leading urban and regional development planning agency, owns the world-famous Dunn's River Falls on behalf of the

people of Jamaica. It is operated through its associate company, the St Ann Development Company. Dunn's River Falls will not and cannot be sold, as it is Jamaica's prime tourism destination, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors annually. The UDC remains committed to retaining this invaluable asset and has demonstrated this by spending J$114.6 million to construct a Central Gardens area at the attraction.

The work is already 50 per cent complete, with major elements slated for completion by April 2016.

At completion, the works will include the establishment of a landscaped site with themed gardens, a picnic area with rental kiosks, recreational gazebos, shoe rental, video, photo sales facilities, and an interactive water feature for children at play.

K.D. KNIGHT

Chairman, UDC