Speaking at a meeting of the Rotary Club of Kingston yesterday at the Alhambra Inn in Kingston, Williams said city tourism provides an enormous opportunity for economic growth.
Noting that Kingston is ranked 24th in the New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2017, Williams said the city boasts a rich cultural history that will attract visitors if properly marketed.
“Kingston is a brand. We have to package that brand and sell that brand. This will require the commitment of all stakeholders, be it Government or private sector,” he argued.
The mayor cited examples of possible tourist attractions, such as the Ward Theatre, St William Grant Park, Kingston and St Andrew Parish Church, Victoria Pier, Port Royal and the Culture Yard in Trench Town.
“We have to package Kingston in a manner that is attractive to visitors and we have the attractions,” he said.
He added that the Government remains committed to rehabilitating key sections of downtown Kingston in an effort to revitalise the area.