Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr. Wykeham McNeill said the programme is a concrete demonstration of how the tourism industry can have a direct impact on the lives of ordinary Jamaicans.
‘This underscores,’ he said, ‘once again that #tourism is not an enclave sector that benefits only large investors, resort and attraction owners, and the workers in the industry but should and must have a direct and positive impact on the lives of citizens across #Jamaica.’
The beach development programme is being implemented across the island in partnership with parish councils.
The upgraded beaches will have children's play areas, picnic areas, restrooms, changing rooms, adequate parking, lifeguard towers, and water and electricity.
Mr McNeill said the intention was to upgrade some 30 public beaches, with a minimum of two beaches in each parish.