First artisan village for Falmouth
Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett declared that his ministry is placing greater emphasis on the development of creative talents within the craft and fine arts sector to further develop the industry.
Bartlett, while speaking at the Recognition and Awards ceremony for the Organization of American States Tourism, Product Development Company Craft Enhancement Project on Tuesday, announced that plans are in place for the completion of the first artisan village to aid in efforts to limit imported craft items being sold in the industry. “The facility, which will be located in Falmouth, Trelawny, is set to be operational within this fiscal cycle and the designs for two others in Port Antonio and Negril are already being done,” Bartlett said.
The artisan villages will be one-stop-shop facilities where visitors can see the creation and merchandising of craft items, while enjoying authentic Jamaican entertainment and leisure activities. It will also provide an avenue for Jamaican artists and craftsmen to expose and express their creativity by producing unique indigenous items, thus, limiting the volume of imported craft items that are being sold in the industry.
The Minister also announced that the Ministry is in the process of developing an Institute of Craft, to further develop a competitive and productive workforce that can benefit from opportunities in the tourism industry.