Artisan village to transform Jamaica’s tourism product

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, says the $700-million artisan village in Falmouth, Trelawny, is the first facility under a signature project that will take brand Jamaica to “new stratospheric” heights.

Bartlett said that while the Trelawny capital is getting the first village, the country can expect to see similar structures at all the resort towns across the island.

Cruise passengers from the Emerald Princess, which docked at the Falmouth Port on November 14 to mark the return of cruise shipping to the coastal town, got the opportunity to tour the village.

“[They] got a prelude of what Jamaica’s first artisan village will be when the doors of the facility are officially open early next year,” Bartlett noted.

“It’s an idea that will change the way in which merchandising and presentation of our indigenous art is done, and particularly, Jamaican artisans will have an opportunity to produce in ideal conditions, but more so to get a greater value for their outputs,” he said.

Bartlett contended that for years, Jamaica’s authentic and artistic talent has not been fully maximised or realised, and the artisan villages, starting with Falmouth, will be a game changer, putting the island and its tourism brand “in a league of our own”.

He said that the idea is to get all the creative talents under one roof, where patrons can see a diversity of products, providing them with more options to make purchases.

Carol Rose Brown, director of the Jamaica Centre of Tourism Innovative/Craft Development Institute, said that the artisan village will give visitors “a taste of Falmouth” and provide an incentive for them to spend quality time in the coastal town.

“This is a unique attraction that will offer an immersive experience that will not only tell the story of Falmouth but tell the story of Falmouth in a space where you can meet the most unique artisans in the region,” she said.

The village, situated at the former Hampden Wharf, is themed to tell the story of Falmouth and offer Jamaicans and visitors an opportunity to share local food, drink, art, craft, and culture. It is financed by the Tourism Enhancement Fund and forms part of the wider Hampden Wharf Development project.

Source: Einnews

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