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Cornwall Regional Hospital to benefit from Marlin Tournament

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has lauded organisers of the 57th Montego Bay Yacht Club's International Marlin Tournament for selecting the Cornwall Regional Hospital as a beneficiary.

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB)-sponsored event will be held from October 2 to 6, and is expected to attract over 700 participants, including overseas visitors. Proceeds from a beach party slated for the final day at the Doctor's Cave Beach Club in Montego Bay will be donated to the hospital.

Bartlett, who spoke at the launch of the tournament at the CRU Bar and Kitchen on Lady Musgrave Road in St Andrew on September 10, said he is pleased with the attention that the hospital will get from the event.

“We welcome all the support that we can get from everywhere, and we want to expand the range of support, because health is the most important element of the well-being of a people. We are happy that they chose Cornwall Regional, and we want the success of the tournament to be overwhelming,” the minister said.

He told the audience that the tournament brings is a high-value group, which should result in more spending and a higher level of consumption at facilities in the Montego Bay area.

“I want to encourage these maritime sports,” he told the gathering, adding that, increasingly, Jamaica will be recognised for such events, and with the country having the largest economic zone in the region, it must position itself for the multibillion-dollar area of sport tourism.

Meanwhile, Tournament Director, Londie Murray, said the hospital has been receiving support from the event, with the desire to “have it fully functioning for everybody”.

For his part, Chief Executive Officer of Dolla Financial, Kadeen Mairs, a title sponsor of the tournament, said their involvement is to build the tourism product and services in Jamaica.

Senior Brand Manager at Caribbean Producers Jamaica (CPJ), Kemmar Lewis, said it was an easy decision for his company to sponsor the event, as CPJ wants the hospital “to represent the best of Jamaica”, with improved services for children and other patients.