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  • President of the St. Catherine Chamber of Commerce, Dennis Robotham, says the effort to make Spanish Town a heritage tourism centre has been going well, boosted by the significant drop in criminal activities in the area.
  • Mr. Robotham told JIS News that the first phase of the project has progressed well, with an office now in place, the park at the Spanish Town Square upgraded, sidewalks have been built, and 30 tour guides have been trained.
  • The heritage tourism project has the support of the St. Catherine Parish Council, the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), The Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Mr. Robotham said.

President of the St. Catherine Chamber of Commerce, Dennis Robotham, says the effort to make Spanish Town a heritage tourism centre has been going well, boosted by the  significant drop in criminal activities in the area.

Mr. Robotham told JIS News that the first phase of the project has progressed well, with an office now in place, the park at the Spanish Town Square upgraded, sidewalks have been built, and 30 tour guides have been trained.

He said with the opening of the North/South leg of Highway 2000 set for the end of March, talks have commenced with North Coast tourism interests to encourage more overseas visitors to  visit Spanish Town and other areas of the parish.

Mr. Robotham informed that by June of this year, they are hoping to have a three-day craft event in the Square, to “indicate to the public that you can come here and get craft items and other things.”

He pointed out  that the people of Spanish Town and the environs have come on board. “The possibility is tremendous, it is workable, but the education has got to go from the ground up. We believe that people are listening,” he said.

The President noted that the project will be expanded from the Square to Old Harbour, Flat Bridge, Kent Village, Sligoville and other sections of the parish.

 

The heritage tourism project has the support of the St. Catherine Parish Council, the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), The Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), and the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), Mr. Robotham said.