The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) has disassociated itself from comments published on May 17 in a local tabloid, which purport that hoteliers are discouraging visitors from going to Trench Town and the attractions there.
President of the JHTA, Omar Robinson said: “Our association is in full support of all approved attractions in Jamaica and acknowledges the seminal role played by the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) and other public sector agencies in ensuring the maintenance of standards including the safety and security of all guests across the sector.”
JHTA President, Omar Robinson
Robinson said that “the Trench Town Culture Yard is a national heritage site, one of Kingston’s most unique historic attractions. Apart from its most famous resident, the late Bob Marley, Trench Town is acclaimed for its early role as “the Hollywood of Jamaica” and an authenticity matched by few other attractions, anywhere.”
Noting that Trench Town is a major contributor to foreign exchange earnings in Kingston Robinson said: “it is a staple within a product that includes some of Jamaica’s oldest and most iconic hotels and entertainment elements which have earned our first city a reputation as ‘the cultural capital of the Caribbean’.”