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Ja's first artisan village to be ready before year-end – Bartlett

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica's first artisan village, which is being constructed at the Hampden Wharf in Falmouth is on target to open before the end of 2019.

“I am very proud of the progress we have made so far with this project and look forward to more Jamaicans being able to benefit from our very lucrative tourism industry as a result of the development,” Bartlett said during a tour of the facility earlier today.

According to the ministry, the Artisan Village will be a “one stop shop” for authentic Jamaican food, music, heritage and craft. The ministry said it is being designed to showcase the best of the island, while enhancing interaction between visitors and locals.

Bartlett noted that this will be one of five Artisan Villages in resort areas across the island.

“They will provide an avenue for Jamaican artists and craft persons to expose and express their creativity, while limiting the volume of imported craft items that are being sold in the industry,” the ministry said in a news release.

The ministry added that the Tourism Enhancement Fund-financed project forms part of the wider Hampden Wharf Development project, which is now 85 per cent complete.

“The Hampden Wharf Development project is a collaborative effort between the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ) and the Urban Development Corporation, and is being implemented to transform the town of Falmouth,” the ministry release said.

The ministry noted that the project features; extension of the port connecting the locals with visitors, paved surfaces with mixed textures and defined paths, landscaped areas, story boards where applicable, adaptive reuse of historic buildings, rich mix of retail and local eateries, craft and history.

“It will also feature restaurants, an entertainment centre and shops in an inviting environment that the Minister says will harmonize with the development at the pier. Once completed it is expected to create an environment to accommodate local small enterprises and other businesses from the town,” the ministry revealed.

“The Hampden Wharf Development is a mega infrastructure project that will reposition the town of Falmouth as one of the Caribbean's premier cruise destinations. It is a new and exciting opportunity for various levels of producers in the country that we have not paid enough attention to and not provided arrangements for…. It will also provide a secure, safe and seamless operation for visitors and locals alike,” Bartlett said.

The ministry pointed out that the Hampden Wharf Development will be open to visitors and locals and will embrace heritage assets like the wharf building, the Dome Foundry and Tharpe House.


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