Bartlett commits $100m to Alpha Redevelopment Plan

Saturday, December 15, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett on Wednesday committed $100 million to the redevelopment of the 40-acre Alpha Campus in Kingston.

The allocation will come from the ministry's Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) in tranches of $20 million over five years.

Bartlett made the announcement to a standing ovation as he gave the keynote address at the soft launch of the Alpha Mercy Historical Centre at the South Camp Road Alpha campus.

This financial commitment is in addition to a TEF contribution of $11 million towards Phase 1 of the building of the Alpha Mercy Historical Centre. It is a “community and heritage' tourism product aimed at highlighting the history of the Sisters of Mercy and illustrating their significant contribution and impact on the cultural, social, religious and educational development of Jamaica for more than 136 years.

In lauding Alpha and its phenomenal contribution to Jamaica's development, Bartlett said, “we have to look at how we build on that tradition. We have to look at how we extend that legacy and how we create more visitor experiences, more revenue and more capital development of the human spirit.”

In addition, the tourism minister pledged his commitment to work with Mayor of Kingston and St Andrew, Delroy Williams to make a reality his vision to redevelop downtown Kingston's 'Parade' as a pedestrian only zone to add value to the city's tourism product and increase commerce.

“It is a vision that encapsulates my vision and we will meet the first working week of January to complete this discussion we began here today,” said Bartlett.

“The city of Kingston's time has come and we are committed to seeing it through,” he added, while noting big plans for Kingston and Port Royal and pledging his commitment to building out the experiences and making Jamaica, through these two gateways, the Pearl of the Caribbean.

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