Gov't plans Craft Development Institute for Ocho Rios, partnering with Edna Manley College
Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has announced that his ministry will partner with the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts to establish a Craft Development Institute in Ocho Rios, St Ann.
Bartlett says work on the institute will start this year and is scheduled to be completed in September 2018.
A memorandum of understanding and contract are to be signed by the Edna Manley College and the Tourism Product Development Company to detail the relationship between the entities and define the governance and operations of the craft institute.
Bartlett also says the government will construct two artisan villages in Falmouth, Trelawny and Ocho Rios, St Ann, this year.
The Urban Development Corporation and the Port Authority of Jamaica are partnering to build the artisan villages, which are to be opened in December 2018.
The establishment of the craft institute and the artisan villages is in line with the Government's plan to cater to cruise ship passengers as well as other tourists.