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Dunn's River probe triggered by theft of millions in ticket sales, PNP claims

The People's National Party (PNP) is claiming that investigations into the operations of Dunn's River Falls and Park in St. Ann were triggered by the theft of millions of dollars in ticket revenues at the attraction.
 
Last week, the Board of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) announced that it had contracted international specialists to probe the St. Ann Development Company (SADCO) in relation to the operations of Dunn's River Falls.
 
It did not detail the issues which led to that action.
 
However, in a release on Thursday, Dr. Wykeham McNeill, Opposition Spokesman on Tourism, said he understands that the current probe was sparked by the discovery of a dramatic fall in earnings despite significant increases in local and overseas visitors to the facility. 
 
He said the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force (MOCA) and the Office of the Auditor General are among the entities probing the case.
 
Dr. McNeill has called for Daryl Vaz, the minister with responsibility for the UDC, to state what mechanisms were in place to protect the nation's revenue and the security of off-site ticket purchase transactions.
 
Dr. McNeill explained that the systems at Dunn's River Falls and Park facilitate pre-purchases of tickets through local and overseas agencies and proper checks and balances must be established to ensure full protection of the revenues.
 
He noted that the popular attraction is the largest income earner for the UDC, raking in more than $1.4 billion annually. 
 


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