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The development of community tourism in Trelawny as well as the parish’s staging of the ICC 2007 World Cup Cricket tournament, will top agenda items at the 25th annual Friends of Trelawny Association (FOTA) reunion weekend in New York City, New York, from May 26 to 28.
The event, which will be held over the United States Memorial Day holiday weekend, will open with a welcoming dinner/dance on Friday night (May 26) to be followed by business exposition and public forum on Saturday morning beginning at 10:00 a.m. (May 27). These activities are slated for the Holiday Inn Hotel in Queens.
The expo will feature booths and displays from business and cultural organizations from across the parish of Trelawny as well as United States-based businesses with an interest in the Caribbean region.
“We are hoping to attract travel agents and tour operators, investors, sporting organizations, promoters and event managers, who may want to consider using the new Greenfield Stadium complex after its World Cup christening,” said Derrick Scott, FOTA’s public relations director.
Meanwhile, the public forum will highlight ongoing infrastructural development, business and investment opportunities in the parish, some with direct relation to the staging of the Cricket World Cup.
Patrons will hear from a carefully assembled panel of speakers comprising: Minister of State for Tourism, Dr. Wykeham McNeill; Member of Parliament for North Trelawny, Dr. Patrick Harris; Mayor of Falmouth, Fred Bartley; Director of Jamaica’s WC Cricket 2007 Planning Committee, Robert Bryan; Immediate Past President of the Trelawny Chamber of Commerce, Florence Logan and representatives from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO).
According to Mr. Scott, “former residents of the parish now living abroad will learn of opportunities and ways to assist in the further development and upliftment of the parish over the weekend.”
The very popular reunion weekend will close on Sunday (May 28), with the staging of a picnic at the Rockland County State Park, Upstate New York.