Jamaica brings ‘One Love’ to NYC VIPs

Jamaica Tourist Board’s Director of Tourism, Donovan White, at the private screening of “Bob Marley One Love” in New York City on Valentine’s Day.
Photo by David Cumberbatch/Jamaica Tourist Board

In celebrating the opening of Paramount’s “Bob Marley: One Love” biopic in theatres from Feb. 14, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) held an exclusive reception and private screening of the film for VIPs at Regal Union Square cinema in Manhattan.

“’Bob Marley: One Love’ was in theatres just in time for love month and reggae month,” said Donovan White, JTB director of tourism. “On the big screen for the first time, the film is a celebration of the life and legacy of a true Jamaican musical icon Bob Marley.

“We are so pleased that we were able to showcase it to key partners, as it is yet another demonstration of the outsized influence that Jamaica’s culture has often had on the world through our artists, athletes, music, cuisine and so much more,” he added.

Philip Rose, deputy director of tourism (Ag.), Americas, Jamaica Tourist Board, said, “The ‘Bob Marley: One Love’ movie brings the love, power, and beauty of Bob’s story along with his Jamaican reggae music to the world on the big screen, which we believe will inspire fans to visit Jamaica.”

Kicking off with a reception, guests of the Jamaica Tourist Board were provided authentic island food including jerk chicken, patties, and rice and peas from Jumeika, the popular New York City restaurant, owned and operated by a Jamaican chef.

Prior to the film’s start, Philip Rose, White and Sandals representative Karlene Angus-Smith personally welcomed all guests to the private screening.

Once the movie ended, JTB said gift bags with branded items from Sandals and Jamaica Tourist Board provided “an additional special touch.”

“As guests departed, many expressed their gratitude and noted that they truly enjoyed the event and the film,” JTB said.

In conjunction with JTB, the event was also sponsored by Paramount Pictures and Sandals.