$200m renovation for MoBay 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 says this is part of the Government’s undertaking to make the facility 'fit for purpose' as a major venue to host meetings and conventions so that the centre can be more profitable.
He said the renovation will be completed in time for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) global conference from November 27 to 29.
Additionally, Bartlett said efforts will continue to consolidate the status of the facility as a venue of choice in the local, regional and global marketplace.
He was addressing a Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry Invest MoBay Forum at the Royal Decameron Hotel in St James yesterday.
Meanwhile, Bartlett said the convention centre continues to rebound after suffering millions of dollars in losses over the past several years.
"We have improved revenue by 65 per cent and we have turned around a projected loss of US$2 million to J$40 million,” Bartlett said.
The Montego Bay Convention Centre was opened in 2011 as a venue for conventions, trade shows, banquets and theatre-style conferences.
It was constructed by the Government of Jamaica in conjunction with the Chinese Development Bank, in response to the growing need for first-class meeting and convention facilities on the island.
The facility was owned by the Urban Development Corporation before it was transferred to the Ministries of Tourism, and Finance and the Public Service.