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Oct 2, 2015

Village Arts & Craft Expo at B.T.L. Park

Arlo Cansino

On Saturday, the B.T.L. Park on Newtown Barracks in Belize City will be transformed into an arts and craft market where intricate artworks from one hundred and twenty-five artisans from forty-two different communities will be on display. The artisans will be joined by representatives from UNIQUE Belize and the Small Business Development Center to put off the fourth edition of the Village Arts and Craft Expo. The event is organized annually by the Belize Tourism Board and seeks to bring together industry partners and give them access to products that can be used by hoteliers and wholesalers. Today, News Five caught up with Coordinator, Arlo Cansino, as last minute preparations are being made.

 

Arlo Cansino, Coordinator, Destination Planning and Development

“It is important for the tourism industry because handicraft is a product of the tourism industry. If you look at the economic activities that happen in Belize, if every tourist spends at least ten dollars on souvenirs and last year we had over a million tourists, so if you do the math, it’s a lot of money towards the economic. We noted that when you go into these communities, you see a lot of talented people and how can we help them benefit from the tourism industry. So we came together and developed the Village Arts and Craft Expo which highlights three objectives: to bring the artisans together with the tourism stakeholders—the hoteliers, gift shop managers; even wholesalers and distributors. By doing this we are bringing everyone together in one central location so it creates a unity of all the industry partners. Another objective is to develop the handicraft segment. If you come out tomorrow, you will see the talented persons out here and the crafts that they are creating and of course some of them need a little bit more polishing. By bringing them out here to the Village Arts and Craft Expo, they see what others are doing, they learn from each other and with that they develop and improve on their crafts.”

 

The event starts at ten a.m. and ends at six o’clock. 

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