Nearly $300-million will be spent on infrastructure developments in Ocho Rios, St. Ann over the next six months.

Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett say this will include the construction of a boardwalk from the Ocho Rios Pier to the Ocean Village Shopping Centre and the town’s Main Street commercial district.

He says the boardwalk will be will be complemented by several sidewalk cafés showcasing live reggae band performances, among other attractions.

He says the area will designed to improve and enhance the visitor experience.

Ocho Rios is one of the three sites selected by the Ministry of Tourism for the development of artisan villages that will accommodate and showcase local craft traders and their products.

Minister Bartlett says the developments is expected to be a largely benefit the craft sector.

He says it will see them having far better access to cruise and stopover visitors to earn some needed foreign exchange.

Minister Bartlett says he is focused on transforming tourism in order to generate higher growth rates in both visitor arrivals and earnings.

Minister Bartlett was speaking at a recent St. Ann Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios.