Entertainment

Major entertainment centre for MoBay

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Print this page Email A Friend!


MINISTER of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has announced plans to establish a major entertainment centre in Montego Bay to enhance offerings in the tourism industry.

The project, which will receive financial support from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), is set to begin construction later this year and be completed by 2020.

Speaking at the launch of Reggae Month on Tuesday at Ribbiz Ultra Lounge in Kingston, the tourism minister said, “During this fiscal year I will have in the Tourism Enhancement Fund, a provision for the building out of the first major entertainment centre in Montego Bay this fiscal year. We will allocate $50 million to do the design and the necessary preparatory work to ensure that construction of that facility can begin later in this fiscal year.”

The minister also announced plans for the development of two major Reggae products, which he hopes will generate employment for locals and create new authentic cultural experiences for visitors.

“So far, $389 million we have placed in the EXIM bank for small and medium tourism enterprises has been un-lent to small businesses. So we have decided of that amount, $100 million is going to be earmarked to enable two major small medium enterprises access to build out Reggae products for Jamaica like 24-7 reggae experiences,” said Minister Bartlett.

Reggae Month was first staged in 2008, through the collaborative efforts of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, and the Jamaican Reggae Industry Association. It's aim is to market Jamaica as the Reggae mecca of the world, while enhancing travel and tourism to the island during the month of February. Each year, the event attracts approximately 40,000 locals and visitors alike.

This year, the month-long of activities have received $15 million in support from the Tourism Enhancement Fund and will be marketed internationally by the Jamaica Tourist Board.

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT