Published on : Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Acording to Edmund Barlett, the minister of tourism for Jamaica the artisan village contructed at Hampden Wharf in Trelawny will help in the overall inclusive growth strategy to increase earnings among the local suppliers.
There will be 47 shops in the US$5.7 million project. Barlett highlighted the main role of the facility in creating more earning opportunities for the local small and medium businesses.
The minister said that the artisan village will connect immediately the market or visitors with their products. When visitors come off the ship, they will be able to go straight to the artisan village and walk away with a piece of authentic Jamaican culture.
The Port Authority of Jamaica and the Urban Development Company is executing the project that sits on the 1.6 hectares of land along the historic Falmouth Port.
They are providing opportunities for for entrepreneurship at the very base of the population and the artisan village is critical in their remaining exercise.
The average Jamaican will feel that tourism is more meaningful when they will have access for income generating activities and creative production.
This is an exciting opportunity for various levels of producers in the country which was neglected earlier.
The locals and visitors will get a safe, secure and seamless operation through the artisan village.
By the end of the year the artisan village is expected to be ready and will coincide with the start of the traditional winter tourist season.