Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Kingston's 'Garden of Eden'

Guests at last Tuesday's launch of the renovated Eden Gardens were amazed at the upgrading of the Lady Musgrave Road property. Owner, the visionary scientist and entrepreneur Professor Henry Lowe, has virtually conjured up an energy-efficient location with three restaurants, conference and entertainment facilities, 20 attractive suites and a world-class spa. His US$5.5-m investment has made it a great tourist attraction, yet welcoming enough for the ordinary Jamaican.

Guest speaker Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said that the upgraded Eden Gardens signalled that it was "shining time again" and that it was "a triumph of Jamaican entrepreneurship and resourcefulness". Commenting on the wellness facilities, she said that medical tourism is estimated to be a US$40-billion industry, and that Jamaica's medical personnel had given us a reputation that should win us a share in this growing market.

- excerpt from Jamaica Observer column by Jean Lowrie-Chin - 31 March 2014

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