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  • Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, addressed the official opening of the Montego Bay Cultural Centre.
  • The Minister says talks are in progress with stakeholders in Montego Bay to transform the historic monuments within the city, into attractions.
  • This will be a major logistic and planning undertaking, but given the status of the square in our national life, it certainly has the potential to be an attraction in its own right.

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says talks are in progress with stakeholders in Montego Bay to transform the historic monuments within the city, into attractions.

Addressing the official opening of the Montego Bay Cultural Centre, located in the historic Sam Sharpe Square, on Friday July 11, the Minister said the city square itself is an iconic spot, which has played important roles in several stages of national development.

Dr. McNeill pointed out that he has visited other countries, and observed where  attractions are created around places with less historic and cultural value than some of the monuments in Montego Bay.

“I want to take this opportunity to inform you that already, discussions are underway involving the Parish Council, the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), owners of businesses in the area and other stakeholders, to transform Sam Sharpe Square into the architectural jewel that I know it has the potential to become,” he said.

“This will be a major logistic and planning undertaking, but given the status of the square in our national life, it certainly has the potential to be an attraction in its own right,” the Minister added.

He cited other cultural and historical landmark projects in Montego Bay that the TEF is involved in rehabilitating, such as ‘The Dome’, regarded as Montego Bay’s first domestic water supply source.  Through a collaborative effort between the TEF and the St. James Parish Council, a $9 million refurbishing exercise is now taking place at the site.