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  • Minister McNeill pointed out that the show was well organized and a first class production with very good acts.
  • The Tourism and Entertainment Minister highlighted the tremendous impact that the event has had on various businesses.
  • More events like the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival should be staged more regularly for the ‘blossoming’ of the country’s economic fortunes.

Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, has hailed the recent staging of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, describing it as a “great show and a resounding success.”

“Music transcends cultures and unifies people of different ages, races, from all walks of life and from every part of the world.  I am therefore pleased that the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, continues to be such a resounding success and a major crowd-puller which brings many visitors to our shores,” the Minister said, in an interview with JIS News.

He pointed out that the show was well organized and a first class production with very good acts.

“The Jazz and Blues Festival has, over the years, built for itself a very strong brand … and we need to ensure that this event remains sustainable.  The festival, in its 18th year, has gained international recognition and has delighted tens of thousands of people from Jamaica, the Diaspora and across the globe, who come to enjoy world-class music and the island’s incomparable ambiance,” Dr. McNeill said.

The Tourism and Entertainment Minister highlighted the tremendous impact that the event has had on various businesses, the Jamaican economy, the Diaspora and the world at large.

“To understand the impact, we have to look at the internal tourism, the Diaspora that comes specifically for the show, the visitors and persons who have come to Jamaica and keep returning each year.  The other side of this equation would be the travel media, the travel agencies and many others.  This event has a strong brand and allows us to continue heralding the message to our many partners,” Minister McNeill contended.

He further added that his Ministry was once again delighted to be associated with the festival through sponsorship from the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB).

Deputy Director of Tourism, Responsible for Cruise Shipping Attractions and Events, Jason Hall, told JIS News, that with Jamaica’s tremendous musical heritage, more events like the Jamaica Jazz and Blues festival should be staged more regularly for the ‘blossoming’ of the country’s economic fortunes.

“I am looking forward to Jamaica getting the capacity to stage more events of this caliber, as they are few and far between.  I think that we have a tremendous musical heritage that extends beyond the handful of shows that we currently see.  This is something that could be leveraged far greater,” Mr. Hall asserted.