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Artisan Village to be ready in time for Winter Tourist season, says Bartlett

Published:Thursday | May 9, 2019 | 4:34 PM
Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett (second right) discusses the details of the Artisan Village with (from left) Architect of Apec Consultants Ltd, Christopher Shaw; Project Director, Michael Archer; and Director of Craft Development Institute in Falmouth, Carol Rose-Brown, following a tour of the Hampden Wharf Development site in Falmouth, Trelawny, on May 8, 2019 - Contributed photo

Jamaica’s first artisan village, which forms part of the US$5.7-million Hampden Wharf Development Project in Falmouth, Trelawny, will be ready in time for the 2019/20 winter tourist season.

Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, made the announcement following a tour of the site on Wednesday.

Bartlett informed that work on the village is more than 75 per cent complete.

“We were advised by the contractors that we will have a complete unit ready for inspection by end of June, so we can get our entrepreneurs connected with the facility, and have a sense of what a model shop will look like,” Bartlett stated.

Ground was broken for the US$5.7-million site last March and this will be the first of five artisan villages to be established across the island.

It was funded by the Tourism Enhancement Fund and will accommodate 47 shops with five themed restaurants and bars; 12 mini stalls, 18 artisan shops and 12 major shops on 1.6 hectares of the land owned by the Port Authority of Jamaica.

Other aspects of the Hampden Wharf Development Project include the extension of the port, paved surfaces with mixed textures and defined paths, landscaped areas, storyboards where applicable, and adaptive reuse of historic buildings.

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