Trelawny: many visitors, few attractions
Despite welcoming thousands of visitors, especially cruise ship passengers, each month, because of a dire shortage of top-flight attractions in the parish, the financial benefit to Trelawny has been minimal at best.
In fact, the few attractions that exist are not well known, and as a consequence, they are often bypassed for more established attractions in the neighbouring parishes of St James and St Ann, which are only too happy to grasp the financial benefits.
In lamenting the absence of attractions in Trelawny, Dennis Seivwright, the outspoken former president of the Trelawny Chamber of Commerce, recently made a call for the erection of a statue of track and field superstar Usain Bolt in Water Square, Falmouth, saying that based on the athlete's iconic status, it has the potential to capture the attention of visitors.
'JOKING WITH POTENTIAL'
"A statue of Bolt would be a major attraction and a major earner of US dollars," said Seivwright. We are joking with our potential to create an attraction that would be so appealing to persons who come into Falmouth."
At present, except for the few visitors who patronise a tram service which takes them through sections of Falmouth, most of the cruise passengers usually go off to attractions such as the Rose Hall Great House in St James and the popular Green Grotto Caves and Dunn's River Falls in St Ann.
While the newly established Hampden Estate's tour, which is built around showcasing its renowned Rum Fire distillery, has emerged as a major attraction, Trelawny is blessed with other very decent attractions, which unfortunately is getting only limited attention.
Among the Trelawny attractions that have developed a fairly sound reputation over the years are the following entities:
- The famous Good Hope Great House, which is a popular wedding destination
- The Martha Brae River, which is famous for its rafting
- The Swamp Safari Village, a wildlife haven on the outskirts of Falmouth, which is featured in a James Bond movie
- The southern Trelawny Environmental Agency's Cockpit Country tours; which expose visitors to diverse flora and fauna
- The Glistening Waters lagoon, which has served as an events-and-dining venue.
There are other attractions such as the Martha Brae Waterwheel, which was upgraded in 2011 at a cost of some J$9 million, but is yet to begin operations; the now out-of-business Galleon of Captain Hook party boat and the Outameni Experience, which is now mired in controversy.
In addition, while not yet considered an attraction, the Sherwood Content community, where Bolt (Usain) was born, has been attracting a fair amount of attention, albeit from a media perspective.