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Trench Town to become a premier tourist destination

Published:Monday | February 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Edmund Bartlett

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has revealed that he will be providing well-needed assistance to stakeholders in Trench Town as they seek to make improvements to the area to position it as the premier community-tourism destination in Kingston.

The minister, who addressed stakeholders during a tour of the community recently, shared that he also intends to place Trench Town high on the agenda when he meets with representatives from major cruise lines, in an effort to bring more visitors to the city.

"When I went to the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association to speak to them about cruise development in Jamaica, particularly in Kingston, the first question they asked was: 'What does Kingston have?' I told them I will come back to you with the details of Kingston's many offerings. In the interim, you prepare to send us more ships. So I am going back to see them at the global Seatrade conference in March, and Trench Town will be included in my report," he said.

Among the many plans stakeholders have for redevelopment is the creation of fine and applied art pieces across the town, by renowned artist Scheed Cole, CEO of 360 Recycle-Manufacturing Company.

"A lot can take place in Trench Town because of the availability of space. Collie Smith Drive, for example, has an island in the middle, which I think can become an attraction. We can create a green space and culinary park with art being the centrepiece within this space. When you apply art to something, it has the ability to take your breath away," said Cole.

Nora Blake, CEO of JaMIN Tours, a new tour company based in Trench Town, shared that it is also their intention to reposition the way the town has been marketed by making it the gateway to the city.