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Report shows aspects of Montego Bay welcome sign cost too low, tourism ministry says

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A company contracted by the Government to review the $17 million price tag for the Montego Bay welcome sign has found that the estimates for some aspects of the cost are too low when compared to market prices, according to the tourism ministry.

The Ministry of Tourism, in a statement this afternoon said the company, which is “one of Jamaica's leading Quantity Surveying firms”, Davidson & Hanna, has given the Tourism Product Development Company's (TPDCo) bill of quantities a “thumbs up.”

The report follows public outcry regarding the cost of the welcome sign and an instruction by the Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, to have the permanent secretary review the associated costs.

The ministry said that Davidson & Hanna, which was recommended by the Masterbuilders Association of Jamaica to undertake the review, looked at the rates in the bill of quantities submitted, and compared them to market rates.

According to the ministry the report shows that most of the rates were found to be in order except for the estimates for the wall cladding, which it said is low and the estimate for lettering and signage, which it said is insufficient for the execution of the work.

“Notwithstanding, the rates overall do reflect market conditions and demonstrate what we are finding in the building and construction industry,” the report was quoted.

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