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    Sums totalling more than $102.6 million have been allocated to the Ministry of Tourism, Entertainment and Culture for the tourism product development and services portfolio.
    This is contained in the 2006/07 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
    Of this amount, the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) has been allocated more than $77.5 million for training, beautification projects, property maintenance, the visitor information programme and sustainable environmental and tourism projects.
    The $3 million grant allocated to training will facilitate the hosting of seminars in areas such as customer service, tour guiding skills, heritage tourism, life saving skills, foreign languages, private security training and workplace literacy.
    The sum of $20 million allotted to beautification projects will be used primarily to improve the environment and physical attractiveness of the main resort areas. A major focus of this activity will be the implementation of beautification projects in Kingston and on the South Coast.
    More than $20.70 million was granted for the maintenance of properties, which were formerly owned by the Jamaica Attraction and Development Company (JADCo) and the Recreational Development Company (RDC). The Tourism Product Development Company is now in charge of these properties.
    Meanwhile, some $13.83 million was granted to the Visitor Information Programme. The main thrust of this programme, is the provision of visitor information services.
    Sustainable Environmental and Tourism Projects benefited from a $20 million grant, which will be used for the sustained development and improvement of the environment in the major resort towns, to facilitate upgrade and beautification works in these areas.
    In the meanwhile, the Jamaica Reservation Services (JRS) received more than $25 million for use in direction and administration. The JRS provides telesales to the Jamaica Tourist Board and provides marketing support for hotels, villas, attractions and other products in the sector, with special emphasis on the integration of business entities that offer support services to the sector.
    In addition, the JRS seeks opportunities to promote and market entertainment events as a part of the tourism product.