Today you have the JTB director calling a Reggae Stage show 'one of the main pull factors' for bringing in visitors to Jamaica. I think this is indeed the recognition events like Sumfest deserve. Sumfest is now a 10 day long partytrip culminating in a two day Stage Show. The director also calls Jamaican artists important international ambassadors for 'brand Jamaica'. They sure are, and I love to hear policy makers agree.
How about this for a summer festival in Jamaica? You still have time to buy your tickets and fly to Jamaica to enjoy the Startime festival with Marcia Griffiths, Freddie McGregor, Leroy Sibbles, Errol Dunkley, Derrick Morgan, the Clarendonians and Lloyd Parks, Johnny Clarke, Horace Andy, the Mighty Diamonds, DJ Dillinger and Frankie Paul.
I've enjoyed this remarkable opinion piece in the Gleaner today. The author poses what I think is the most important question for the future of Jamaica's tourism industry: how can Jamaica differentiate itself from other 'sea-sand-sun' tourist destinations? The answer has something to do with two white girls on a minibus!
I found the editorial in today's Gleaner to be rather surprising. The context is of course global terrorism but also the killing of a Canadian tourist recently in Negril. The editorial pleads for more soldiers patrolling the tourist towns of Jamaica, stating that tourists would feel safer. What do you think?
Reggaetourist Summary - Rebel Salute, GT Taylor’s Christmas Extravaganza and Sting are three long standing Annual reggae Stage Shows that take place within the space of three weeks. A good time to be in Jamaica! The organisers of these three events argue that while their events are of socio-economic importance to Jamaica, they do not attract the amount of corporate and/or government sponsorship they deserve.