Great Bay Carnival to make return on Emancipation Day
Director of Tourism, Donovan White attended the launch of the Great Bay Carnival.
Last week, Usain Bolt's Tracks and Records in Kingston hosted the launch of the Great Bay Carnival.
The carnival, which started back in the early 1990s, was last staged in the year 2000 with approximately 30,000 persons flocking Great Bay in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth to get a taste of real community tourism.
It will be held on Emancipation Day, August 1 this year.
“The event basically got too huge and the small management team wasn’t able to manage any longer so Great Bay Carnival took a break since the last staging in 2000,” event coordinator Kern Spencer told the audience attending the launch.
Spencer went on to indicate that a new team which boasts members with local, regional and international management expertise, is now in place to give the event an injection of energy and vision. The team will ensure that the event is staged yearly and remains as one of Jamaica’s tourism offerings.
“We are prepared for a bumper crowd at the re-launch of Great Bay Carnival at Great Bay Beach, Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth. There will be adequate parking for everyone. The gates will open at 10am. Patrons can expect an exciting day of activities which include rides and attractions in the Kiddies Village, a variety of Caribbean food and cultural exchanges," Spencer said.
Other attractions include a party in the night where the audience will be entertained by Jamaican’s top disc jocks and entertainers. Another important feature of the St Elizabeth-based Great Bay Carnival will be the road march that will be from Cross Road to the venue,” said Spencer.
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, whose message was read by the Director of Tourism, Donovan White lauded the event's organizers for making this bold move which serves to assist with the development of the Jamaican Tourism product.
Great Bay Carnival, which will be executed under the theme “Community Tourism Re-imagined”, and seeks to fulfil the Ministry’s drive for more inclusive tourism among Small and Medium Sized Tourism Enterprises (SMTEs).
In his closing remarks, Spencer insisted that Great Bay Carnival will be more than an event "but rather will be the beginning of a long term systematic and strategic effort to develop and sustain community tourism on Jamaica’s South Coast".