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  • The site was upgraded in 2012 at a cost of $13 million by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment.
  • Dr. McNeill said that Lover’s Leap “is an example that holds great potential for tourism” on Jamaica’s South Coast.
  • The intention is to “create a Lover’s Leap experience” to include tours of other places of interest in the parish, such as farms and craft villages.

The Lover’s Leap attraction in St. Elizabeth is to undergo further upgrading, Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has announced.

He noted that the site was upgraded in 2012 at a cost of $13 million by the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment.

Addressing journalists after a tour of the facility on January 22, Dr. McNeill said that Lover’s Leap “is an example that holds great potential for tourism” on Jamaica’s South Coast and will be improved to deliver greater economic benefits to the community and country.

“We want to take Lover’s Leap to the next level and this can be done through the coming together of the private and public sectors.  We also want to get the surrounding community involved, so that more people can benefit from tourism,” the Minister said.

Dr. McNeill outlined work done by the Tourism Development Company (TPDCo) to upgrade the facility.

“Through the TPDCo, we have worked on a programme to clean it up and to lift the standards to a greater level. During that improvement project, we uncovered a 200-year-old trail, a part of our history which was used to transport goods by mule cart and the slaves themselves. We will be working with the Jamaica National Heritage Trust to develop this, so we can offer visitors the total Lover’s Leap package,” the Minister said.

Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for South East St. Elizabeth, Richard Parchment, who has been a strong advocate for the development of the attraction, said the intention is to “create a Lover’s Leap experience” to  include tours of other places of interest in the parish, such as farms and craft villages.

“Lover’s Leap is not just a view. We want to keep visitors here for the entire day and for them to tell the world about the wonderful experience they had here. We want to make Lover’s Leap the hub to bring back tourists in this area … which is not only a beautiful place, but a very productive area in terms of farming,” Mr. Parchment said.

The facility was one of the South Coast attractions and places of interest in Manchester and St. Elizabeth toured by the Minister; Minister of State, Hon.  Damion Crawford;  Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Noel Arscott; and Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, with a viewing to upgrading them.

Some of the sites visited were: Alligator Hole, Guts River, Treasure Beach, Great Bay and Fort Charles Beach.