Anthony Bourdain’s Take on Jamaica

Re-IMAGINE JAMAICA

By HUME JOHNSON, PHD

Anthony Bourdain - Chef, Author and TV personality. Photo Credit - CNN.com Anthony Bourdain – Chef, Author and TV personality. Photo Credit – CNN.com

‘Who owns Jamaica’? This was the BIG question forming the backdrop of Anthony Bourdain’s recent ‘Parts Unknown’ programme on Jamaica aired on CNN on Sunday November 16, 2014. It is a profound question, and the answer was clear. Wealthy hoteliers and business tycoons buying up properties to service the formidable tourism sector that underlines much of their wealth. Bourdain called it for what it is – ‘Locking tourists into compounds’ under the tag ‘all-inclusive’. He wanted to understand the logic behind this.

“It’s a business model that works so, yes, Jamaica will essentially remain a service economy…” says owner of Island Records, and the man behind the success of Bob Marley, Chris Blackwell in answer to Bourdain.

Anthony Bourdain with Island Records boss, Chris Blackwell.  Photo Credit - ZPZ Productions. Anthony Bourdain with Island Records boss, Chris Blackwell.
Photo Credit – ZPZ Productions.

But Bourdain uncovered what…

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