The parish of St. Elizabeth is set to see a boost in economic activity from the parish’s hosting of the West Indies Under 15 Cricket Competition from July 11 to 26.
The event is expected to bring in millions of dollars for hotels and guest houses, restaurants, transport operators, among others.
The regional competition will bring together, 96 students from six countries across the Caribbean in exciting competition. The match venues are the BREDS Treasure Beach Sports Park; Alpart Sports Club in Nain; Manley Horne Complex at Ballards Valley; and the St. Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) in Santa Cruz.
At a recent function held at the BREDS Treasure Beach Sports Park, to open a football field, Chairman of the BREDS Foundation, Jason Henzell, said that the parish was able to successfully bid for the hosting of the cricket competition, which is the first regional tournament ever to be kept outside of the Corporate Area.
“It is bringing millions of dollars into the area. Monroe College, alone, is going to earn over $3 million (from accommodating teams), at a time when they would have been closed. Bus operators, restaurants; they are going to all the different attractions, so it is not just about the competition, it is about showcasing Jamaica,” Mr. Henzell stated.
Member of Parliament for South West St. Elizabeth, Hugh Buchanan, said the decision to give the regional tournament to St. Elizabeth, is an expression of confidence in the offerings of the parish.
“There are so many territories in the Caribbean that the West Indies Cricket Board could have gone to…why not to St. Elizabeth, when we have such a rich cricketing history.”
He said that all the major players “must ensure that it leads to other developments that can benefit the parish.”
Minister with responsibility for Sport, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, welcomed the Treasure Beach Sports Park and the new football field.
“I have every confidence that in the next few years, this will be a premiere destination to host other regional competitions,” she stated.
Contact: Garfield L. Angus