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McNeill announces plans to upgrade MoBay Civic Centre

Thursday, September 06, 2012    

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The upgrading of an art museum at the historic Montego Bay Civic Centre was among a raft of projects announced by Tourism and Entertainment Minister Wykeham McNeill to commence shortly in the resort city of Montego Bay.

Mc Neill also announced several beautification projects to be undertaken in St James which he said, are geared towards the enhancement of the tourism product.

He expressed great optimism about the prospects for the civic centre.

"We will do some work with the curators to bring the museum up to a higher standard and we're hoping to move with that project quickly," McNeill stated.

The expansion of the facility is expected to facilitate the establishment of a number of businesses on the property, including a bistro, speciality restaurants and a gift shop, which will complement the transformation of the art museum into a state-of-the-art amenity.

"The aim is to boost the profile of the site and take steps to ensure its financial viability, efficient use and maintenance, while providing a good visitor experience for its patrons," McNeill argued.

He was speaking with reporters following a tour of Montego Bay and other sections of St James last week.

He was accompanied by Tourism and Entertainment Junior Minister Damion Crawford, representatives from Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and other stakeholders from the sector.

During the tour the tourism and entertainment minister and his team also visited craft markets at Harbour Street and Old Fort Street; and the sites where the beautification projects will be undertaken.

The beautification project will include roughly five kilometres of roadway along the Bogue Road at key intersections, namely Reading, Long Hill, Fairfield and Alice Eldermire roads. This will include the landscaping of verges and the planting of Poinciana and Poui trees along the roadway to improve the appearance of the thoroughfare and the entrance to the city.

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