$20 million to complete road in Accompong

January 12, 2017
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett (right), speaks with Colonel of the Accompong Maroons, Ferron Williams, during the 279th Maroon celebrations in St Elizabeth recently.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, said an additional $20 million will be allocated to complete the road leading to the Accompong Maroon village in St Elizabeth.

Bartlett said he is satisfied that the initial $9 million that was used to improve roads in the area was well spent, and this new allocation will increase visitor arrivals to the heritage site.

In September 2016, the Tourism Enhancement Fund financed a road rehabilitation project in the area to make travel easier for farmers, commuters and students, as well as visitors to tourist attractions.

Bartlett also announced that efforts will be made to establish a cultural centre in the area to not only expose the talents of youth in the area, but to ensure that the avenue for cultural expression remains available.

He said the centre, under the management of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission, is expected to produce top-quality entertainment talents for the hotel sector.

"The richness of the cultural values of the Maroons should not only abide in the minds of the gurus, but we will be able to produce and package cultural offerings for the tourism sector in our hotels across Jamaica," Bartlett said.

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