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Published on : Monday, January 18, 2016
The Jamaica Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) in a bid to “create a richer tourism product and also preserve the nation’s historical and cultural heritage for its citizens” has allocated J$180 million in funding for Jamaica’s heritage sites in 2015, the fun.
Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeill, made this announcement at the Commemoration Ceremony for 1907 earthquake victims, held last Thursday at the refurbished memorial park in Bumper Hall, Kingston.
Lauding Jamaica’s rich heritage, Dr McNeill said, “many people travel for sun, sea and sand but the truth is that a lot of countries have that to offer. We have to offer something that is different and what we have is our heritage and culture. This is what sets us apart – our food, our music and our people.
“We have a story to tell and we must do it in such a way that our children know where they are coming from and visitors can hear our story,” he added.
Dr McNeill said that it was sites like the earthquake memorial that “tourists are increasingly seeking to visit as they search for a more authentic Jamaican experience. Our own Jamaicans have always been conscious and proud of our history and this type of monument reaffirms the value we place on our past.”