ECLAC Dis­cusses Strate­gies to Sup­port Re­gional Ar­ti­sans in Art and Craft Sec­tor

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Strength­en­ing syn­er­gies be­tween the tourism and art and craft sec­tors is one of the keys to bol­ster­ing in­comes from Caribbean tourists, while sup­port­ing lo­cal ar­ti­sans. This was one of the ob­ser­va­tions made at an ex­pert group meet­ing held on 26th July, 2017 at the Eco­nomic Com­mis­sion for Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean's (ECLAC) sub­re­gional head­quar­ters for the Caribbean in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

Meet­ing par­tic­i­pants in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the As­so­ci­a­tion of Caribbean States (ACS), the Caribbean Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion (CTO), the Trinidad and Tobago Min­istry of Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment, Cul­ture and Arts, and an ar­ti­san from Saint Lu­cia.

Dur­ing the meet­ing par­tic­i­pants un­der­scored the im­por­tance of cre­at­ing av­enues to al­low ar­ti­sans to have di­rect in­ter­ac­tion with tourists, as well as the need to es­tab­lish eas­ier fi­nanc­ing pack­ages and the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture for ar­ti­sans who are more busi­ness ori­ented.

Th­ese mea­sures would help to strengthen link­ages be­tween the arts and tourism sec­tors, as ar­ti­sans could ben­e­fit from in­creased tourism-driven earn­ings while vis­i­tors could gain a bet­ter ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the cre­ative and cul­tural her­itage of the sub­re­gion. Ul­ti­mately, im­proved in­ter­ac­tion be­tween tourists and ar­ti­sans could re­sult in an en­hanced ex­pe­ri­ence for vis­i­tors, and in bet­ter liveli­hood op­por­tu­ni­ties for ar­ti­sans who may also ben­e­fit from new fund­ing streams made avail­able by pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions.

The meet­ing was held in the con­text of re­view­ing an up­com­ing ECLAC re­port en­ti­tled `An Anal­y­sis of the Art and Craft Sec­tor and its Po­ten­tial for Sus­tain­able Tourism De­vel­op­ment in the Caribbean'.

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