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  • The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has signed a contract for more than $50 million for the rehabilitation of the west wing of the Milk River Hotel and Spa, in Clarendon.
  • Funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), the project is expected to begin on September 7 and last for a month.
  • The agreement was signed by Director of Corporate Services at the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCO), Paul Badresingh and the Managing Director of C and D Construction and Engineering Company Limited, Clive Wint. TPDCo will provide oversight for the project.

The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment has signed a contract for more than $50 million for the rehabilitation of the west wing of the Milk River Hotel and Spa, in Clarendon.

Funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), the project is expected to begin on September 7 and last for a month.

The agreement was signed by Director of Corporate Services at the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCO), Paul Badresingh and the Managing Director of C and D Construction and Engineering Company Limited, Clive Wint. TPDCo will provide oversight for the project.

In his address at the signing, held at the Ministry, in New Kingston, on September 2, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, emphasized the need to protect the world-renowned attraction.

The Minister said the property is expected to benefit from a number of works during the rehabilitation process, including alterations, upgrading of the electrical systems along with associated wall, ceiling, floor finishes, painting and decorating.

Plumbing and mechanical installation and the replacement of leaking and damaged roof sheeting and frames are also to be undertaken at the 20-room and nine mineral baths property.

Dr. McNeill noted that other rehabilitative works have been carried out at the facility. “To date, the Tourism Enhancement Fund has expended some $71 million, including the expansion of the pool; remodeling, to facilitate disabled-friendly access; the general refurbishing and rehabilitation of the property; major landscaping; and the installation of pumps for the previously constructed bio-digester,” he said.

The Minister pointed out that Cabinet recently gave approval for his Ministry, in collaboration with the Development Bank of Jamaica, to establish an enterprise team to guide the development of both the Milk River Hotel and Spa and the Bath Fountain Hotel and Spa, in St. Thomas.

He said the 10-member team will make recommendations for the management of both properties, which are to include the development of the vacant parcels of land that are owned by both entities and the development of spin-off spa products.