Craft Market celebrates 19 years

| 01/10/2019
Cayman News Service
Jeán-eric Smith (left) and TAB representative Candace Ransome-Grant (far right) celebrate the achievements of the Cayman Craft Market vendors

(CNS Local Life): The Cayman Craft Market celebrated its 19-year anniversary last month, having first been established in 2000 at the old Almond Tree Restaurant site (on North Church Street). The Tourism Attraction Board (TAB) acquired the Market in 2005 and shortly afterwards it was relocated to its current South Church Street location only five minutes from the port.

Cayman Craft Market Manager Jeán-eric Smith said, “The Market has been encouraging entrepreneurship of local artisans for almost two decades now and we’ve helped several cottage industry businesses anchor themselves within the business community.”

Coinciding with the celebrations, some of the vendors received training on how to better deal with cruise ship passengers. The Front Line and Customer Service Workshop was hosted locally by the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism and 20 vendors received the internationally recognised Aquila Centre for Cruise Excellence Training certification, according to a release from TAB.

We feel it is fitting to continue to develop the talents of the vendors who make the Market a friendly place to visit and to shop,” Smith said. He added, “We are optimistic the workshop will better prepare the vendors for their interactions with visitors this coming winter tourist season and beyond.”

The Aquila workshops were coordinated by the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA).



Category: Arts, Arts & Crafts, Local Business, Tourism

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