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Beach park to transform downtown MoBay - Bartlett

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:29 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer
An artist’s impression of the Closed Harbour Beach Park development for Montego Bay.

WESTERN BUREAU:

The construction of Montego Bay’s Closed Harbour Beach Park, for which ground will be broken today, will transform development in the city’s downtown area, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has predicted.

Both the Tourism Enhancement Fund and the Urban Development Corporation will invest $1.29 billion into the park.

“Undoubtedly, this will be the most transformational development for downtown Montego Bay since the creation of new land space by dredging in the late ‘60s or early ‘70s,” said Odette Dyer, speaking on behalf of the minister at the Hyatt Ziva and Zilara Eminence Awards on Tuesday in Rose Hall, St James.

The development will position Montego Bay as an emerging metropolitan city of the Western Hemisphere, said Dyer, who is regional director at The Jamaica Tourist Board.

President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry Winston Lawson, and president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) Omar Robinson agreed.

Robinson said the beach park would not only benefit Jamaicans, but aesthetically improve the tourism industry.

“It will uplift the destination, and Montego Bay will now have its own signature attraction, which is very necessary,” added Robinson.

Lawson, who believes in the impact the beach park will have on Montego Bay, said he was excited and expected significant enhancement to the look and feel of the city.

“Downtown MoBay needs this type of lift,” he stated.

At the awards ceremony, under the theme ‘Innovate, Integrate, Motivate’, Shyan Wilson of Hyatt’s Culinary Department was crowned Superstar of the Year 2018; Manager of the Year went to Rawle Shortridge from the IT Department; and Wentworth Taylor was named Supervisor of the Year.

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