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July 7, 2014
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Colombian ambassador pleased with heritage tourism of Spanish Town
Rasbert Turner, Star Writer


The Colombian Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis Martinez Fernandez, says he is very impressed with the Spanish influence on Jamaica especially in Spanish Town, St Catherine.

Martinez made the observation after a sensitisation tour of heritage sites in sections of the Old Capital on Friday.

He visited the People's Museum near Emancipation Square and after being shown several artefacts to include the Congo Drum, rumba box and other items such as thatch, he declared that his country has similar items.

Martinez also visited the St Jago Cathedral and the Old Bridge in Thompson Pen, which is the only one of its type in this section of the hemisphere.

''He said he is very impressed with what he sees here and want you to know that there is great potential where tourism is concerned," Vanessa Torres, first secretary of the Colombian Embassy, said.

The ambassador was on the invitation of Spanish Town's Mayor, Norman Scott, and the Heritage Tourism Committee of the St Catherine Parish Council.

Scott said the tour was to forge a partnership through experience with the Colombian representative to see how they are benefiting from heritage tourism.

''We realised that Colombia, being a Spanish-speaking country, has areas similar to ours in Spanish Town. They have managed to earn from it, therefore, we are trying to learn from them how to fully maximise the return on heritage tourism. We have, in fact, trained tour guides for several sites and the programme is imminent,'' Scott said.

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