Bob Marley movie a boost for Jamaica tourism, film-making

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Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex (second left) and his wife Meghan Markle the Duchess of Sussex (left) join Prime Minister Andrew Holness, his wife Juliet (second right), and Culture Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange on the red carpet at Carib 5 cineplex in St Andrew, Jamaica, Tuesday evening before the world premiere of the Bob Marley biopic One Love.Photo: Garfield Robinson

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett, says the Bob Marley ‘One Love’ movie is providing a massive international boost for the country’s tourism and film industries.

He said that the film, which premiered in Jamaica on January 23 and later in several major international cities, and will be released worldwide on February 14, will provide the lift that the country needs as it pursues new and exciting frontiers for tourism.

“We had Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, as well as many other celebrities at the Jamaica premiere, garnering worldwide attention. We also saw Brad Pitt and [other] celebrities at the Los Angeles premiere… another massive boost for Jamaica and Jamaica’s tourism,” he noted.

“The movie has brought a lot of attention to our country and will inspire people from all over the world… as fans… and as visitors to experience our culture,” Bartlett said.

Bartlett’s remarks were delivered by Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Regional Director, Odette Dyer, at the Montego Bay-based dance group First Dance Studios’ 10th anniversary media launch at the S Hotel in St James on February 6.

He said the movie is also giving the island’s film industry a major shot in the arm, telling the story of reggae legend Bob Marley’s life to an international audience.

He said it will show film-makers and screenwriters that Jamaica is a great place to make movies, adding that “we have a beautiful country with a rich culture and history”, and also a talented pool of actors and film-makers.

Bartlett said that he hopes that the success of the movie will lead to more interest in Jamaica by way of film-making, adding that “we want to be a major player” as we have the potential to be a world-class destination for film production.


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