JHTA's Experience Jamaica Roadshows 2013
by Tamika Williams
(Ahhh...Ras Natango garden and Gallery, Montego Bay, Jamaica)
Making Friends with a Baby Crocodile from the Swamp Safari
I arrived at the Roadshow early to beat the crowds and the rain, and boy was I in for a surprise ... I was not prepared to be wowed off my feet. My son and I visited all the booths, and we made new contacts and exchanged brochures.
The Swamp Safari drew me in with its variety of animals ... crocodiles, Jamaican parrots, Jamaican yellow snakes, Jamaican pond turtles, and rabbits. I was interested in only two things, the snakes and the crocodiles, which I have never touched before. In the short time it took to interact with them I decided that I MUST visit the Swamp Safari, and soon.
At first I held the crocodile with the handler, and as my confidence built I held it on my own. Then came the snake ... it wasn't a big one but it was long. The handler showed me how to hold it without squeezing.
Just this experience alone made visiting today's Roadshow worth it.
One of the Hotels was offering an extra 10% "Experience Jamaica" discount to Jamaicans staying at its hotel, where I would love to spend my birthday or anniversary (hint, hint). This promotion runs until December 14, 2013.
The displays, and persons behind the tables, were informative and welcoming, and as a member of JHTA Montego Bay Chapter I feel renewed hope.
I use this medium to suggest we all inform our families and friends in Jamaica to get to know our island, and vacation locally. Get out and visit our Jamaican attractions, and help us to make a difference.
To the members, employees, supporters and friends of JHTA Montego Bay Chapter, The Jamaica Tourist Board, and the TPDCO ... job well done.
To all supporters of Jamaica at home and overseas we welcome and appreciate you.