SHOP TALK: PM Andrew Holness, the JMA's Metry Seaga and Minister Karl Samuda, among others, were on hand to greet some of the exhibitors.
WHAT do you get when you merge the most gorgeous venue in western Jamaica with an extravagant showcase exposing a supremely diverse bounty of Jamaican products to the world?
The Jamaica International Exhibition, which had its inaugural staging inside the architecturally fabulous Montego Bay Convention Centre, from June 1-3, delivered on its promise of putting the best of what Jamaica has to offer on show and inviting locals and the international public, established and emerging business owners and service providers, foreign tourists and dry lan’ tourists alike, kids, parents and the whole family to come out and support and sample, network and buy something to take back home.
Indeed, there was something for everyone: business opportunities and treasures aplenty. You couldn’t find a more eclectic assortment of booths and exhibitors anywhere else in the island and the region for that matter.
To name only a few – Grace Kennedy, RADA, Caribbean Airlines, Things Jamaican and Sherwin Williams, sharing the massive exhibition space with Guardsman Limited, Crazy Jim Ice- Cream, Boss Furniture, Sun Island, Rainforest Seafoods, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, and a host of small-scale entrepreneurs offering everything from home-made body products and hand-made arts and crafts to agricultural supplies and exciting new food items.
Throw into the mix an entertainment package (in-house deejay, giveaways, live performances) and the kind of festive atmosphere you experience at the best trade shows and grand markets.
To say the least, the Metry Seaga-led Jamaica Manufacturers Association (JMA), Jampro and the organizing committee deserve kudos for pulling off such a stellar first-time event, chock-full of endless appeal, terrific sights and sounds. The ever-evolving business community, our tourism interests, and indeed Brand Jamaica, are all the better for it.