About 1.2 billion Jamaican dollars (approximately $12 million) has been earmarked by Jamaica's Tourism Enhancement Fund for four major projects in resort areas across the island, according to Wykeham McNeill, tourism minister.

McNeill announced the projects in Parliament last week.

The first project, in Ocho Rios, will include upgrades to the cruise ship terminal and improvements to Main Street and the boardwalk from the cruise pier to the Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort and Spa.

The second initiative will involve the installation of LED lighting along Montego Bay's North Coast Highway, which fronts several resorts and hotels.

A third project will focus on the installation of bike racks and pedestrian walkways along a three-mile stretch on Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril.

On Jamaica's northeast coast, a museum will be built in Port Royal to house artifacts that have been recovered from the sea over the years. That initiative also will include the development of an interactive children's museum, the renovation of the Naval Hospital and the creation of a walking trail.

Funding also will cover smaller projects that include upgrades of public beaches, monuments, the landmark Devon House in Kingston and the Milk River Bath and Spa, which opened in 1794 on Jamaica's south coast.

Follow Gay Nagle Myers on Twitter @gnmtravelweekly.

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