In making the announcement this week, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said that the project would enhance the local entertainment and tourism industries. He said that work will begin later this year, but the centre would not be completed until 2020.
“We will allocate $50 million to do the design and the necessary preparatory work to ensure that construction of that facility can begin later in this fiscal year,” he said.
The minister went on to share that plans are also in place to fund the development of two major reggae products, which he hopes will generate employment for locals and create new authentic cultural experiences for visitors.
“So far, $389 million we have placed in the EXIM bank for small and medium tourism enterprises has been unlent to small businesses.
“So we have decided of that amount, $100 million is going to be earmarked to enable two major small medium enterprises access to build out reggae products for Jamaica like 24-7 reggae experiences,” said Bartlett.