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Cruise terminal in Ocho Rios, Jamaica to receive upgrades and improvements

Funding to upgrade the cruise terminal in Ocho Rios on the island of Jamaica has been allocated by the Tourism Enhancement Fund. Approximately $12 million has been given to four projects that will improve the country's resort areas while enhancing the experience for holidaymakers.

Cruise terminal in Ocho Rios, Jamaica to receive upgrades and improvements

Jamaica's Tourism Minister, Wykeham McNeill, has announced that approximately $12 million has been allocated to four major projects in Jamaica to improve its resort areas.

The funding has been provided by the Caribbean island's Tourism Enhancement Fund and one of the projects includes upgrading the cruise terminal at Ocho Rios to enhance the experience for tourists arriving to and departing from Jamaica.

The cruise terminal will be upgraded and significant improvements will be made to Main Street and the boardwalk between the cruise pier and the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa, which is one of the town's most popular hotels.

The Tourism Minister said last week that the number of tourists arriving taking cruise holidays to Jamaica is expected to surpass 1.4 million by the end of 2014. Next year, the cruise terminal in Ocho Rios will welcome the Norwegian Epic and the return of Royal Caribbean cruise ships.

The three other projects include the installation of LED lighting along Montego Bay's North Coast Highway which is home to an array of Jamaica hotels and resorts; new bike racks and pedestrian walkways along the three-mile stretch on Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril; and the addition of a new museum which will be built in Port Royal on the island's north coast and will feature artefacts that have been recovered from the ocean over the years. The Port Royal project will also include a new interactive children's museum, renovations to the Naval Hospital and a brand new walking trail in the area.

Located in the Caribbean Sea, Jamaica is one of the world's leading tourist destinations. The island nation boasts white sand beaches that are fringed with turquoise warm ocean waters and swaying palm trees; soaring mountains and lush undulating emerald hills and dense forests; and an array of historical sites, plantations and attractions to visit.

In Jamaica, visitors can explore the natural wonders of the island such as Dunn's River Falls in Ocho Rios, the five-mile-long Doctor's Cave Beach in Montego Bay, the botanical gardens and the majestic Blue Mountains, and the famous Bob Marley Museum.

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