$49.19 Million for Tourism Development Initiatives

A sum of $13 million has been set aside in the 2007/08 Estimates of Expenditure for the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), to facilitate the development and improvement of the environment, and physical attractiveness of resort areas.
A major focus of this activity during the financial year will be the implementation of beautification projects in Kingston and the South Coast.
Beautification projects will also include Museums and heritage locations/sites and National Monuments.
In the meantime $16.76 million has also been allotted to TPDCo to provide for the maintenance of properties, which were formerly owned by the Jamaica Attraction and Development Company, and the Recreational Development Company.
The Visitor Information Programme (Anti-harassment) is to receive $15 million for the provision of visitor information services. These programmes are aimed at providing information about the resort areas to visitors and local residents. During this financial period, special emphasis will be placed on the modernisation and maintenance of information booths and kiosk across the island.
The Sustainable Environmental and Tourism Projects have been allocated $10 million. The main focus of this project is the sustained development and improvement of the environment in the major resort towns, by facilitating upgrading and beautification works in these areas.
Training of staff members will be boosted with the aid of $4.43 million, which will finance training seminars, and related expenses.
A wide variety of programmes are offered under this activity, which can be customised to suit specific organisational needs. Programmes include, among other things, customer service, tour guiding skills, heritage tourism, life-saving skills, foreign languages, private security training, and work place literacy.

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