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South Coast attractions to be upgraded – Tourism Minister

Thursday, January 23, 2014 | 8:19 PM    

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ST JAMES, Jamaica (JIS) -- Several South Coast attractions and places of interest in Manchester and St Elizabeth are to be upgraded by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment.

According to Tourism Minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill, these attractions and places of interest are expected to deliver greater economic benefits to their respective communities and Jamaica as a whole.

Dr McNeill and State Minister, Damion Crawford, accompanied by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Noel Arscott and Minister of State in the Ministry Transport, Works and Housing, Richard Azan, did an extensive tour of South Coast attractions, such as Alligator Hole, Guts River, Little Ochi, Lover’s Leap, Treasure Beach, Fort Charles and Great Bay Beaches, on January 22.

“We are looking at the South Coast, which is an important part of Jamaica’s tourism product. These attractions had been put to the side, but now there are great opportunities for them,” Dr McNeill said.

He pointed out that an important thrust of the Ministry and by extension, the Government, is how the communities are developed for tourism, with the average Jamaican fully involved in the tourism initiative and feeling the benefits of the product.

“It has been a very productive trip. What we have seen on the South Coast and the possibilities and opportunities, are evidence that Jamaica has much to offer,” Dr McNeill said.

Meanwhile, Arscott said there is a bright future for the South Coast, particularly when the Milk River to Westmoreland road network becomes a reality.

“The Clarendon and Manchester Parish Councils have been working to identify some of these unique opportunities.  The Minister of Tourism is now looking at alternative tourism sites, not just on the North Coast, but also on the South Coast, which has tremendous new opportunities,” Arscott said.      

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