Bartlett Announces New 5-Year Plan To Boost Tourism In Jamaica

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday April 30, 2019 – Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, says the country can expect to see some 12,000 rooms being built over the next five years to further boost the economy.

The Minister who was making his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, disclosed that some 1,000 rooms will be built in Trelawny at an estimated cost of US$250 million while another 2000 will be built at the Princess Hotels & Resorts in Hanover at an estimated cost of US$500 million.

Other developments will take place in Trelawny, St. Ann, Kingston and Montego Bay.

$200 Million Spent To Upgrade Beaches

In the mean time, Mr. Bartlett has announced that the government has spent some $200 million in recent times to upgrade various beaches across the island.

The initiative has been undertaken by the Tourism Enhancement fund (TEF) through its Beach Development Programme.

Work undertaken at the selected beaches includes the installation and renovation of rest rooms, wash-off stands, parking facilities, among other things.

The Tourism Minister informed that improvements have also been made to amenities around resort areas in Jamaica. This he explained is to ensure Tourism development on the island is inclusive and will benefit both citizens and tourists alike.