Jamaica News, Montego Bay: Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett along with His Worship Homer Davis, Mayor of Montego Bay, on Saturday morning, November 17, led a delegation for the official groundbreaking of a new “Welcome to Montego Bay” sign which is now being constructed at the Donald Sangster’s International Airport roundabout, in Montego Bay.
The project which is being supervised by TPDco at the tune of over 17 million Jamaican dollars, has now been declared officially started and will be completed by the winter tourist season in December of 2018.
Tourism minister Edmund Bartlett stated that, “tourism in Jamaica is exactly where it should be and we must continue to ride the waves and ensure proactivity and tenacity throughout this time”.
According to the Tourism Minister, the initiative is under the Eastern Gateway Project and will serve as a representation of where Montego Bay really began, and how it has grown over the years.
The event was well attended and saw tycoons from the tourism sector such as Godfrey Dyer – Chairman of the Tourist Enhancement Fund “TEF”, Mr Ian Dear – Chairman of board of Tourist Development Company Limited “TPDco”, Dr Carey Wallace – Executive Director of (TEF), Ms Joy Robert – Executive Director (Jamaica Vacations), Omar Robinson -(JHTA) President and Mr Winston Lawson – President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Also in Attendance were several high ranking police officers, prominent business operators within the tourism industry, and other members of the business sector.
The previous sign was completely destroyed several months ago during a motor vehicle accident, which also claimed the lives of two men who hailed from the Barrett Town community.
This present sign that is being erected was designed by the TPDco and is being contracted under the St James Municipal Corporation and carries a base which stands several feet from the ground, making it a much harder target to be destroyed by reckless drivers.
By Antonio Mckoy
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