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$286m to enhance Ocho Rios

Published:Saturday | May 28, 2016 | 5:00 AM
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett (centre), listens keenly as senior vice-president of engineering & port development at the Port Authority of Jamaica, Mervis Edghill (left), explains details of a plan to further develop sections of Ocho Rios, as director of projects at the Tourism Enhancement Fund, Christopher Miller listens.

The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has approved funds to carry out additional improvement work in Ocho Rios, as part of ongoing efforts to make the resort town more appealing. Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett who made the announcement, said $286 million will be spent on the Ocho Rios Improvement Project, to create a new visitor experience.

He said work to be undertaken will include completion of the promenade from the Marina to Ocean Village Shopping Centre. It will entail improvements to Main Street and the Ocho Rios Bay Beach entrance to the Turtle River intersection. The project, financed by the TEF, is being undertaken in partnership with the Port Authority of Jamaica and the Urban Development Corporation.

The minister was speaking following a tour of sections of Ocho Rios recently. He noted that since the launch of the Ocho Rios Improvement Project in 2013, the Turtle River Road has been beautifully transformed; the car park at the cruise ship terminal renovated and improvement work carried out at the Marina entrance.

Bartlett said that the completion of the promenade will facilitate other developments. He said Jamaican food and Jamaican music must become a more integral part of the tourism product.