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Port Antonio a priority for development

Published:Saturday | May 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Edmund Bartlett

The resort town of Port Antonio in Portland is on a priority list for development, says Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett.

Following the recent Jamaica Product Exchange tourism trade show at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, the minister said he was aware of the town's potential and was looking forward to working with stakeholders to return Port Antonio to its glory days.

He added that he has been in discussion with Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz as it relates to community tourism in the Buff Bay valley.

Vaz is also the member of parliament for Western Portland, which comprises the Buff Bay valley and parts of Berrydale, where rafting takes place on the Rio Grande river and Somerset Falls.

"There is a lot of potential in that area and we intend to capitalise on it. And, with the Blue and John Crow mountains now being a world heritage site, I can foresee a lot of interest by tour operators in the parish of Portland," Bartlett said.