State Minister in the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, Damion Crawford has welcomed news that the push to have Kingston designated a Creative City of Music by UNESCO has yielded significant success. Kingston features among the 10 music cities designated in 2015, as announced by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.UNESCO’s Creative Cities programme kicked off in 2004 as an initiative to unite cities from across the globe through creative industries. It is policy-driven at the municipal and national level. The network is currently formed by 69 members from 32 countries covering seven creative fields including crafts and folk art, design, film, gastronomy, literature, music and media arts.The designation was a product of the Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment through the Entertainment Advisory Board (EAB), the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) and the Kingston and St. Andrew Corporation (KSAC) and other stakeholders.“I am very pleased that the initiative was successful and it is further proof that hard-work and partnerships can have a far reaching impact. I am convinced that the designation will help to boost our efforts to position Kingston as a cultural city and will also enhance the appeal of Jamaica to travellers with a special interest in culture,” Minister Crawford expressed.