Saturday 20 July, 2019

$17 million project to restore 'Welcome to Montego Bay' sign

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett and Montego Bay Mayor, Homer Davis (centre), along with other tourism interests, participate in block laying on Saturday as part of the restoration of the 'Welcome to Montego Bay' sign that was destroyed in a motor vehicle crash outside the Sangster International Airport last year.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett and Montego Bay Mayor, Homer Davis (centre), along with other tourism interests, participate in block laying on Saturday as part of the restoration of the 'Welcome to Montego Bay' sign that was destroyed in a motor vehicle crash outside the Sangster International Airport last year.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett and Montego Bay Mayor, Homer Davis, along with other tourism officials, laid blocks for the construction of the $17 million 'Welcome to Montego Bay' sign project outside the Sangster International Airport (SIA) roundabout in St James on Saturday.

The project is being funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF).

The Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), which is responsible for the implementation of the project, has contracted the St James Municipal Corporation to ensure that it is completed by year end and within budget.

"The tourism industry is in growth mode and as the agency responsible for the enhancement of the product, we are constantly seeking ways in which we can improve our lovely, little island and implement new projects to enhance the visitor experience," Chairman of TPDCo, Ian Dear, remarked during the block-laying ceremony in Montego Bay.

Bartlett, who said the project is timely, explained that the development falls within the extension of the Eastern Gateway Project, which is a series of beautification works running west along the Elegant Corridor from Greenwood on the border with Trelawny, to the SIA roundabout.

The initial sign at the same location was mowed down in a motor vehicle crash last year.

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