Tourism: Jamaica’s First “Artisan Village” in Trelawny

According to the Jamaica Information Service, the parish of Trelawny is poised to be the site for the construction of Jamaica’s first artisan village. Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett has said that the lands for this project have been donated by the Port Authority of Jamaica, PAJ, and will be adjacent to the new Falmouth Cruise Ship Port. The design for the facility has not yet been decided.

The establishment of Artisan Villages in all the resort areas of the country formed part of the initiatives outlined in Minister Bartlett’s 2009/2010 Budget presentation. He stated then that the Villages will allow craft producers to obtain training in new and changing techniques in the production of items for the tourism and local markets.

The Artisan Villages will be used “to transform the existing craft shopping experience in each of the resort areas” as thematic attractions for tourism. Each village is expected to encompass several elements of a Jamaican cultural experience: art and craft stalls, traditional cuisine, entertainment, sporting facilities, musical and other cultural offerings.

Bartlett explained that the Artisan Villages will offer a wide variety of products including “high-end niche markets” and “more simple reminders of Jamaica.” Other Artisan Villages will be established in Port Antonio, Ocho Rios, and Montego Bay.

For full article, see http://www.jis.gov.jm/indus_tourism/html/20110107T090000-0500_26437_JIS_JAMAICA_S_FIRST_ARTISAN_VILLAGE_TO_BE_CONSTRUCTED_IN_TRELAWNY.asp

Photo of Falmouth Cruise Ship Port from http://irishcruiseblog.typepad.com/irish-cruise-blog/2011/01/jamaican-port-receives-first-cruise-ship-next-week.html

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