Bartlett promises caretaker Vaz Portland tourism revival
Gareth Davis Snr, Gleaner Writer
Port Antonio, Portland:
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has told Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters in Portland that there will be a significant improvement in tourist arrivals.
Bartlett was speaking in Port Antonio Square on Sunday night at a JLP meeting to endorse Ann-Marie Vaz as the party's standard bearer for Portland Eastern, now held by the People's National Party's Dr Lynvale Broomfield.
According to Bartlett, Vaz has been advocating for a tourism revival in Port Antonio and he is now focusing on the completion of the artisan village in the capital to transform the lives of craft vendors and others who depend on tourism.
"Under instructions from Mrs. Vaz, I was sent by her to Toronto in Canada, where I met with some investors over the weekend. I am happy to report that those investors will be visiting East Portland in another couple of weeks, with an intention to invest," Bartlett said.
The minister also said he has instructed the Tourism Product Development Company to start the design of the Winifred beach, where the roads have been rehabilitated on Vaz' request.
Bartlett said Winifred beach will be given a face lift and adequate bathroom facilities, stalls and a recreational area constructed.
The minister also said he will be holding talks with the owners of the various cruise lines, to see how best cruise vessels can return to the Ken Wright Pier in Port Antonio.
"As part of the tourism revival, nine ships are slated for Port Antonio over the next five months, which is the most in recent years," Bartlett said.