Mayor of Kingston, Senator Delroy Williams says under his tenure Kingston will become the capital City of the Caribbean.
“We must take advantage of Kingston’s position as a cultural leader in music and Jamaica’s position as a global superpower in sports and cuisine. People all over the world are intrigued by Kingston as the home of Reggae music icons like Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, living legends like Toots Hibbert and Shaggy and Shaun Paul, they know about jerk food and other delicacies and we now have the essential infrastructure in terms of hotel rooms etc. to make this feasible,” he notes.
The mayor added that to achieve that goal he will be moving fast to establish an Advisory Board to speed up efforts geared at redeveloping and rebranding Kingston. “The multi-sectoral board will be tasked with leveraging the historic and cultural attributes of the capital to position the city as a world leading destination for travellers and the introduction of cruise ships into the Kingston Harbour”.
He also made reference to Kingston’s recent designation as a Creative City of Music by UNESCO, as well as the fact that the New York Times, a leading American newspaper, has rated the City as one of the top 52 Best Places to Go in 2017, the highest ranking of any Caribbean City.
The Mayor noted that emphasis will be placed on promoting increased economic activity downtown; improving public order particularly with regard to vending and transportation; and the rehabilitation of the port with the aim of attracting cruise ships to dock in Kingston.
He said the advisory board will be charged with developing benchmarks with clear timelines for implementation as quickly as possible.