MoBay's Gibbs: Crime hampering growth of sports tourism
Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce president, T'shura Gibbs, wants the government and private sector to work together to address the crime problem in the second city as she believes it's severely hampering the growth of the sports tourism product.
Gibbs made her comments after the recent National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Pre-season basketball tournament, the Jamaica Classics, hosted by the Montego Bay Convention Centre, November 17-19. She described the event as an excellent initiative and stated that while we are seeing a growth in tourism there are other sectors that depend on tourism that are being impacted by the crime issue in the second city.
"I do believe the crime situation does impact the tourism product and our city in general. I hope the government and the private sector can work together to come up with some form of solution," said Gibbs.
Gibbs, who expressed delight in Jamaica being able to host such an event, believes it is a great way to start expanding our range as a country in sports tourism as there was a total transformation of the Montego Bay Convention Centre to a world-class look and feel.
"I believe that this is an excellent initiative. I think that it is great for the city of Montego Bay and Jamaica by extension as we look at diversifying our tourism offerings. I think it is a great way to build our name in sports tourism for the years to come," Gibbs said.
"The message it's sending is that Jamaica has the resources to put on events of this magnitude and that we are open and ready for sports tourism and that we are able to execute it at a world-class standard," she added.