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Representatives from the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) signed a $100 million contract, for phase four works under the ‘Spruce Up Jamaica, Nice Up Yuhself’ project, on July 28.
The one-year contract has been awarded to the NSWMA for the proposed all-island bushing, cutting of medians and verges along the roadway and the carting of the debris in the three main resort towns.
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, told the a press briefing at his office on Knutsford Boulevard, New Kingston, that emphasis will be placed on Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, as the three resort towns that must always be in immaculate condition.

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (left), signing a $100 million contract for phase four works under the ‘Spruce Up Jamaica, Nice Up Yuhself’ project,between the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) at the Ministry on July 28. Also pictured from left are: Director General, Ministry of Tourism, Carrole Guntley; Executive Director of the NSWMA, Joan Gordon-Webley; and Executive Director of the TPDCo, Earl Patrick.

“Port Antonio, Kingston and the south coast will follow suite, but those three areas, for this year in particular, must come to mind in terms of their appearance,” he pointed out.
The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEP) will provide funding for the total value of the contract, while the TPDCo will provide monitoring and oversight support.
The proposed works will generally involve bushing and cutting verges along the roadways, pruning existing trees and flowering shrubs, installation of additional plans and removal of rubbish, including the maintenance of the entire works areas for a period of six months.
The ‘Spruce Up Jamaica, Nice Up Yuhself’ programme is an initiative of the Ministry of Tourism. It also serves as the theme for the “new tourism” model, with its focus on the forging of creative partnerships between the public sector and communities.

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (2<sup>nd</sup left) observes as Executive Director of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Joan Gordon-Webley (right), signs a $100 million contract for phase four works under the ‘Spruce Up Jamaica, Nice Up Yuhself’ at the Ministry of Tourism on July 28. Also pictured standing from left are: President of the Jamaica Hotels and Tourist Association (JHTA), Wayne Cummings, and Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), Earl Patrick.

The adoption of the “Spruce Up Jamaica, Spruce Up Yuhself” concept, as a nation, will assist Brand Jamaica in gaining a competitive advantage, the Minister remarked.

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