Following Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s announcement that all beaches and rivers would be open on Sunday, June 9, all government attractions owned or operated by The Urban Development Corporation (UDC), and its subsidiary, the St Ann Development Company, still remain closed.
However, a statement on the website of the state agency says the attractions will soon be reopened. They noted that “preparations are in line with the guidelines developed with the Government of Jamaica through the Ministry of Tourism. These are intended to mitigate the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) as the Tourism Industry reopens.”
The UDC also noted that they are in the process of implementing measures such as physical distancing protocols, sanitization stations, digitization of services and staff training, as it prepares to reopen to the public.
The agency’s head of Response and Recovery Task Force, Frank McKoy, says that the UDC is “now presented with opportunities to use technology to reengineer UDC’s business operations within the context of the digital environment.” This he notes is a shift towards maximizing the use of online tools to enhance the client’s experience for attractions and other UDC operations in keeping with the Government’s thrust towards a digital future.
UDC-owned attractions are as follows:
1. Dunn’s River Falls and Park
2. Green Grotto Caves & Attractions
3. Ocho Rios Bay Beach
4. Reach Falls
5. Pearly Beach West
6. Long Bay Beach Park
7. Bluefield’s Beach Park
8. Turtle River Park
9. Walter Fletcher Beach
10. Laughing Waters / Protocol House
The state-owned agency says it looks forward to once again welcoming visitors locally and internationally.
Shannon Dale Reid