Símon Bolívar Cultural Centre


Photo Credit: Jamaica Information Service JIS.

The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has completed the construction of the Simon Bolivar Cultural Centre, which is located at the intersection of North Parade and Church Street, downtown Kingston. The construction of the centre has added to the cultural facilities already located in downtown Kingston.

11223981_10153653616581457_382494021103851931_oThe concept of a multi-purpose centre for the performing and visual arts that would provide for cultural education, performances, exhibits and a Simon Bolivar Hall where the Jamaica Letter would be displayed was developed through consultation with a team from Venezuela in November 2003. With the historic Ward Theatre, Liberty Hall and the St. William Grant Park in proximity, it was anticipated that the development of the Cultural Centre in this location would enable the transformation of North Parade into Kingston’s Cultural District. This was a long-held aim of development plans for the City.

10403302_1155480181148720_4231808855813913867_nThe centre features an exhibit space to commemorate Simon’s Bolivar’s stay in Jamaica and provides a link to the architectural period that existed at the time of Simon Bolivar’s stay in Kingston. The project began during July 2009 when lands where purchased on behalf of the Government of Jamaica based on the request from the Government of Venezuela.

Source (Urban Development Corporation)


Director of Tourism Paul Pennicook, says the island will need to add at least 3,300 hotel rooms, if it is to achieve its projected 10% increase in stopover arrivals in 2016. He noted that stopover arrivals grew by 3.6 % last year over 2013, adding that the projection for this year is 3%. “We are comfortable with that projection only because if it was more than that, frankly we would not be able toaccommodate them [stopover visitors],” he added. He was speaking at the Jamaica Invest Forum in Montego Bay last week. Pennicook told his audience that duringmeetings with representatives of several tour operators at the recent world’s largest trade travel show, ITB Berlin, “the constant comment was that we need more rooms, because they did not have enough rooms to sell in Jamaica during the winter period.

(Source: Jamaica Observer)