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The 2006 renewal of the Houston International Festival will be held April 21 – 30. The 35th running of the event will come alive with the rich sights and sounds of Jamaica which will run from the City Hall to Upper Sam Houston Park, stretching across 16 acres of park area.
The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will host a breakfast meeting on Friday, April 21 at the InterContinental Houston at 7:30 a.m. The Jamaica Trade + Investment Breakfast forum will be hosted under the theme, “Today’s Opportunities, Tomorrow’s Success”. The forum will highlight the business opportunities available in the ‘investor friendly’ climate of Jamaica.
Presentations will focus on the numerous opportunities for profitable investment and trade that are available to you given that the country has committed to adding to the success in tourism by developing a fully sustainable niche in the international economy as a preferred business, trade and commerce location.
Jamaica Zone
City Hall turns into a Jamaican beach paradise with a replica of 17th century Port Royal portraying its history with a 20-foot pirate ship reproduction, while the village will portray Jamaican dancers, cultural performers, tourism expo, and a multi media presentation on Bob Marley.
Kingston Town
This area features the biodiversity of Jamaica, Fern Gully, The Rastafarian movement, Jamaica’s national heroes and the business centre; JAMPRO will set up a booth in that space.
A curriculum guide on Jamaica will be available to 900,000 students to learn about the culture and history of Jamaica through the Festival’s Curriculum Guide. This is the 19th publication to be done in the festival’s 35-year history. It will be distributed in 1,242 schools in seven countries.
Jamaica is the first individual Caribbean country to be featured at this festival. Islands of the Caribbean were featured in 1998. Since 2000, Brazil, Ireland, France, Mexico, Thailand and India have been featured.