Trelawny to get $1 billion tourism investment
The Government plans to spend more than $1 billion to develop the old Hampden Wharf in Falmouth, Trelawny, into an artisan village.
The village will feature 300 shops where craft and other indigenous products are sold, as well as an area to facilitate the production of these items by local artisans.
It will be the first to be constructed locally and is among the centrepiece tourism projects scheduled to be undertaken during the 2016-17 fiscal year.
When completed, the artisan village is expected to complement the adjoining Falmouth Pier and significantly position it as the Caribbean's premier cruise ship port of call.
"The important thing for us is that we want Jamaican goods to be showcased and merchandised at this artisan village so that the people of Falmouth will have a chance to be a part of the process," Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said.
The minister said the artisan village will be a one-stop shop facility where visitors can see the creation and merchandising of craft items, while enjoying traditional Jamaican entertainment and interacting with craftsmen.
The Government has so far spent $190 million to renovate several of Falmouth's iconic landmarks. They include: St Peter's Anglican Church; the Falmouth Post Office and courthouse, and Water Square.
In 2014, then tourism minister Dr Wykeham McNeill announced a $162-million beautification project to complement the Hampden Wharf project. He also said the Government would be spending more than $500 million to establish a complex at the Hampden Wharf that adjoins the Falmouth cruise ship pier.