Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica’s first artisan village which is being constructed at a cost of US $5.7 million in the burgeoning tourism town of Falmouth, is three-quarters complete, and is projected for full completion in time for the start of the 2019/20 winter tourism season.
“Trelawny is poised to be the site for the construction of Jamaica’s first artisan village, which is 75 per cent completed. The intention is to have this facility ready for the start of the traditional winter tourism season,” Bartlett said during a tour of the project at the historic Hampden Wharf in Falmouth, Trelawny last week.
President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Omar Robinson, argued that upon completion, business generated at the facility will provide the opportunity to augment the retention of the tourist-spend, which has recently increased to 40.8 per cent.
“We have increased our visitor spend to 40 cents per dollar, we want it to go up. We want it to continue increasing and possibly go up to 50 cents. So that’s the whole target,” Robinson said.