Literary and Artistic Arts Important to Jamaica’s Tourism Product

KINGSTON, Jamaica –  Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett has emphasised the essential position the literary and inventive arts play in driving success inside Jamaica’s tourism sector. Minister Bartlett additionally highlighted Kingston’s rising standing as a cultural powerhouse regionally and indicated the Ministry’s dedication to proceed supporting the expansion of the native artistic trade.

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (left) shares a light moment with event organiser and poet Yasus Afari.
Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett (left) shares a lightweight second with occasion organiser and poet Yasus Afari (proper). on the thirteenth staging of the Jamaica Poetry Competition held on the Louise Bennett Backyard Theatre yesterday night as his daughter, Mik, listens keenly.

Jamaica Poetry Competition

Addressing final night’s gathering of the 2023 Jamaica Poetry Competition held on the Louise Bennet Backyard Theatre, the tourism minister stated, “Tourism is a confluence of transferring components, and our tradition, meals, music, artwork and poetry are important to its general success. The artistic arts and tourism work hand in hand to provide guests unforgettable experiences and preserve them coming again. In consequence, the tourism ministry is critical about uplifting our creatives and thru the Tourism Enhancement Fund and its Linkages Community we’ve got devoted initiatives to doing simply that.”

The pageant was once more sponsored by the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), occasion companions for the final two productions. The 13th staging was dubbed the “Arts in Motion Version” and honoured two legendary Jamaicans who contributed considerably to the worldwide recognition of Jamaican artwork and tradition, Louise “Miss Lou” Bennett-Coverley and Harry Belafonte in addition to famend Lebanese American author, Khalil Gibran.

Along with talking on the harmonisation of the artistic arts and tourism, Minister Bartlett additionally learn an excerpt from his 2022 ebook “Tourism Resilience and Restoration for World Sustainability and Improvement: Navigating COVID-19 and the Future” that was co-authored with Prof. Lloyd Waller, Government Director of the World Tourism Resilience and Disaster Administration Centre (GTRCMC). The tourism minister additionally carried out an authentic poem entitled “Tourism’s Name, Resilience Siren Music” which explored themes such because the pandemic, adaptability and restoration.

“I’m delighted to be at festivals like these as a result of it offers us a press release to make. I need you to know that you’re a part of a world market that’s now 5 billion US {dollars} sturdy – artwork, tradition and music. The projection for the subsequent 15 years is that it’ll get to 22 billion {dollars}. My job is to attempt to convey you into that blend and allow Jamaica to get a chunk of that motion,” Minister Bartlett famous.


This 12 months’s line-up included performances from a number of notable Jamaicans – Prof. Edward Baugh, Jean Lowrie-Chin, Prof. Clinton Hutton, Boris Gardiner, Dr. Winsome Miller-Rowe and occasion organiser Yasus Afari, amongst others. A portion of the proceeds earned can be donated to the Jamaica Society for the Blind to assist bolster its programmes and companies tailor-made to enhancing the well-being of visually impaired Jamaicans.

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