â€œBob Marley is one of the foremost proponents of the Jamaican culture. He embodies the spirit and soul of the island,â€ says John Lynch, Director of Tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board. â€œIn every corner of the world you will find Bob Marley fans and every year thousands of music fans visit Jamaica just to find out more about a true musical icon who offered his great gift to the world. Not a day goes by that Marley is not celebrated in Jamaica.â€
All around the world, events will be taking place to celebrate Marleyâ€™s work. In Jamaica, a week of activities will take place throughout the island to celebrate the life and achievements of the legendary millennium man the Rt. Hon. Robert Nesta ‘Bob’ Marley, O.M. Activities in Jamaica usually include a service at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, ceremonial laying of plaques at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, an Ital Food Festival and much more.
Visitors to Jamaica can follow the legacy of Marley at anytime by visiting key attractions such as:
Chukka Caribbean Adventure’s Zion Bus Line
This authentic Jamaican Country Bus, the â€œZion Bus Lineâ€, will take you on a unique tour from Island Village in Ocho Rios, via Claremont to the birth and final resting place of the King of Reggae, Bob Marley. This pilgrimage has been specifically designed for Reggae enthusiasts and hardcore Bob Marley fans, who would like to visit the â€œGracelandâ€ of Reggae. Rock to the rhythm of Bobâ€™s greatest hits as your â€œdreadlockedâ€ driver negotiates the narrow winding country roads to the mountain village of Nine Miles. If you are a baby boomer who was hip to the 60â€™s & 70â€™s music of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Jimmy Cliff, or if you are now a fan of Shaggy, Sean Kingston and the Dance Hall phenomenon, this is a Reggae experience you canâ€™t miss.
Bob Marley Museum
The museum portrays the life and achievement of the artist with memorabilia, artifacts, writing and photographs. A twenty-minute drive from Norman Manley International Airport (Kingston), Bob Marley’s former place of residence also houses his original studio where he recorded many of his songs. The museum displays Marley’s personal treasures and features a well-equipped 80-seat theatre. You can also tickle your palate with sumptuous meals from the Legend Cafe. The venue allows you to see every aspect of the life of Bob Marley.
About Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaicaâ€™s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbeanâ€™s Leading Tourist and Convention Bureau by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2009, while Jamaica earned the WTAâ€™s vote as the Worldâ€™s Leading Cruise Destination, the Caribbeanâ€™s Leading Destination and the Caribbeanâ€™s Leading Cruise Destination, also for the third consecutive year.
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the Jamaica Tourist Boardâ€™s Web site at www.visitjamaica.com, or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-465-2624.