Tue | Dec 12, 2017

Good hope, good times

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMJanet Silvera
Carey Wallace, executive director of TEF, is all smiles with Sheryl Lewis, licence processing manager, TPDCO.
Lily Girma sandwiched by Ed Wetschler (left) and Brian Major.
Opposition Spokesman on Tourism Wykeham McNeill (left) with founder of Chukka Caribbean Adventures Danny Melville.
Christopher Gordon and his wife, Maria (left), with Anna-Kaye Russell of Pier 1.
The beautiful trio of (from left) Tiffany Edwards, Kelly Wates, and Lexy Croskey.
Beauties in the form of (from left) Daisy Robertson, Laura Wates, and Kathryn May.
Our camera snapped Tricia-Ann Bicarie, director of sales and marketing, SeaGarden Montego Bay, and Manoj Ramchandani, CEO of Dream Auto.
Dianne Belnavis cozies up to her husband, Mayor of St Ann Michael Belnavis.
From left: UK travel agent Karen Williams is all smiles with Jennifer Griffith, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Tourism.
From left: Lisa Jondeay, Lyndon Taylor and Evelyn Smith.
From left: Michael Lee-Chin, chairman of the Economic Growth Council, with Member of Parliament Dr Horace Chang.
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WESTERN BUREAU:

With glitz and fanfare aplenty, Tuesday's official opening of Chukka Good Hope Adventure Park in Falmouth will long be remembered as a most fitting way to close the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX) 2017.

From the president of the all-powerful Florida Caribbean Cruise Shipping Association, Michelle Paige, to Chukka founder Daniel Melville Sr, and chairman of Jamaica's Economic Growth Council, Michael Lee-Chin, some of the biggest names in tourism came out to party at one of the finest attractions in the Caribbean.

"Simply magnificent ... that is what I have been telling everybody," said Paige, adding that she believes this will be a real game-changer in Caribbean attraction. "Very hard to top," she admitted.

Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, was also in awe. "An amazing complement to the tourism product," he declared.

As excited as the bigwigs were about the attraction, both co-chairs, John Byles and Marc Melville, were very pleased watching the unfolding of a beautiful evening accentuated by the musical styling of the energy god himself, Walshy Fire of Major Lazer.

In fact, the invitation declared - "there is no party like a Chukka Party".

Well, there was proof in the pudding. The wow factor that the attractions team has successfully mastered for their guests is very difficult, if not impossible, to duplicate.

"There is something for everyone to gravitate towards. We believe in giving our guests a wide variety of options where they will always remember this experience," was how John Byles described the effect.

Night Three of JAPEX 2017 was the bomb!

janet.silvera@gleanerjm.com