AS THE Portmore community continues its quest for city status, several new features have been added to this year's celebration of Portmore Week 2001 under the theme "Portmore, City of the Future".
The main focus of the week's activities which runs from tomorrow to April 28 focuses on tourism, culture and sports, according to chairman of Portmore Week Limited George Lee.
Describing the event as growing with support from new players in the business community, with a new partner in this year's celebration Caymanas Track Limited. They are co-sponsoring a major sports day at the Ascot High School scheduled for April 28 involving 60 clubs and schools.
CTL president and CEO, Mrs. Roslyn Campbell also announced plans for a special Portmore Derby on April 25 in support of the week.Tourism and economic development will take centre stage on April 25 with an economic development seminar at the Dermason Plaza with several top tourism officials.
According to Mr. Lee, the Portmore community is poised for tourism development as there are several historical sites and cultural spots in the community which can be developed and promoted as tourism destinations.
Senior vice-president of the Portmore Community Tourism Association, Mrs. Yvonne Bicknell, said the Hellshire Hills is one of the world's most renowned area for various types of animals, plants and birds.
Two new cultural entrants to the week's activities include a Portmore Cultural Expo on April 27 at the Portmore Heart Academy involving a number of entrants from the Portmore community and a fish fete festival on the Hellshire Beach on April 28.
The week's activities which commence with a church service tomorrow, will climax with the annual Portmore Awards Banquet next Saturday, April 28. The week also includes the annual education day environmental day, health fair and the inter-agency exhibition at the Greater Portmore Branch Library and the Portmore Mall.