JIS News

Executive Director of Jamaica Cricket 2007, Robert Bryan, as assured nationals abroad that the Trelawny Stadium and Sabina Park would be completed in time for the 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup. Mr. Bryan, who was addressing the Northeast United States Diaspora Conference at the Plaza Hotel in Washington D.C, recently, said that work on the Trelawny Stadium would be finished by the middle of November and Sabina Park by the first week of December.
“The concerns that have been expressed about the readiness of these two facilities and the country are now behind us in that respect. We can now look beyond the issue of the physical facilities not being ready,” he stated.
Turning to accommodations, Mr. Bryan informed that “the issue has already been settled, and even though the Cricket World Cup will take place at the height of the tourist season, we will have capacity to accommodate more visitors.”
According to the Jamaica Cricket 2007 Executive Director, the Cricket World Cup would create the opportunity to market Brand Jamaica. “We have a major opportunity at the opening ceremony to brand and to present Jamaica to the world, as next to the closing ceremony, this event will have the largest television audience,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile, he called on Jamaicans residing in the Northeast United States to take advantage of the many business opportunities that would become available as a result of the Cricket World Cup.
He said that JAMPRO has developed some specific initiatives, which are tied to the World Cup, and the agency recently launched a Caribbean Business Service, which was a web-based business matching portal.
Mr. Bryan noted also, that it was the intention of the government to divest the newly constructed stadium in Trelawny and this was a great business opportunity for members of the Diaspora to consider.
Among those attending the one-day Diaspora Conference were Professor Gordon Shirley, Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States; Ambassador Curtis Ward; Lisa Bryan-Smart, Jamaica’s Deputy Consul General, New York; Sharon Miller, Deputy Chief of Mission, Jamaican Embassy, Washington; Edmund Bartlett, Opposition Spokesman on Tourism, Entertainment and Culture; and Dr. Harold Mignott, Chairman, Northeast Diaspora Advisory Board.