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Tourism Minister 'really embarrassed' by foreign products in Jamaican craft markets

Published:Tuesday | June 14, 2016 | 4:34 PM
Bartlett ... when domestic craft work is done it can attract business to the craft village and assist with tourism marketing

Jovan Johnson, Parliamentary Reporter

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has said he is "really embarrassed" by the fact that there are goods in Jamaican craft markets which are not made here.

"We just cannot continue," he said while making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives this afternoon.

Bartlett argued that when domestic craft work is done it can attract business to the craft village and assist with tourism marketing.

He told the House that his ministry is working to regulate the craft sector to ensure that "genuine traders" in the businesses can reap the benefits.

Meanwhile, Bartlett said the Government is to construct five artisan villages in five resort towns over the next five years.

He said the facilities will be built in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay, Falmouth, Port Antonio and Negril.

"The artisan villages will be one stop shops for authentic Jamaican food, music, heritage and craft," the Tourism Minister said.

Craft workers have long been calling for better conditions to carryout their trade.

They have also complained that they are not getting sufficient visitors.