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JAPEX opens with a bang

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 5:00 AM
From left: Jag Mehta and Melá Braco Trelawny’s Tamar Campbell and Dimitris Kosvogiannis share lens time at the JAPEX opening party at the Montego Bay Convention Centre last Friday night.
From left: AMResorts' Matthias Hohner, OceanStyle's Douglas Gordon and AMResorts' Luis Nunez.
Marry Me Caribbean's Jacqueline Johnson (left) and With This Ring Wedding and Honeymoon Travel's Brenda O'Neale.
From left: Half Moon's Sharon Logan and Shernett Crichton share lens time with RIU's Angella Bennett.
From left: Tropical Tours' Fred Smith, and hoteliers Judith Hill and Brian Sang at the opening party of JAPEX at the Montego Bay Convention Centre last Friday night.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

Dimitris Kosvogiannis and his Mel· Braco Trelawny team redesigned the Courtyard at the Montego Bay Convention Centre last Friday night, creating a scene tagged Many Moods of Jamaica at the opening of JAPEX 2016.

Jamaica as a destination is multifaceted, and this was innovatively underscored in the showcasing of the island's vibrant, 'Out of Many, One People' motto.

The Africans, Europeans, Asians, Indians and even the Rastas were well represented throughout the village setting that highlighted a number of parishes known for their food.

At 'St Elizabeth', peppered shrimp and bammy took centre stage, while the setting for the parish of Portland was true to form showcasing the crËme de la crËme of jerk pork and chicken.

Mel· constructed a small beach to represent Negril and its unique beauty, while another area brought Bamboo Avenue in Holland, St Elizabeth to life.

"Our visitors are exposed to so many culinary messages," a pleased Kosvogiannis told TODAY, boasting of the food and the people dressed in costumes, making a visual connection with the country's past.

At the end of a fabulous evening, which had Tessanne Chin as the star performer, Mel· had set a new standard for the opening of JAPEX.

"It was with the hope that our visiting buyers would understand that Jamaica as an industry is ever-growing and ever-developing," said Kosvogiannis.

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com