Screen_Shot_2014-10-30_at_8.05.26_PMThis Saturday will mark 3 consecutive years that the Belize Tourism Board will host its annual Village Arts and Craft Expo. Over the years, the event has catapulted into a premier event where local resources and skills are used to stimulate employment. We spoke to Destination Planning and Development Coordinator, Clyve Myers, who says the event is geared at improving the cohesion between the craft and tourism sector.

Clive Myers – Destination Planning and Development Coordinator, BTB

“The Village Expo is an opportunity for us to provide joint marketing and promotional efforts for the tourism and craft sector in tightening our awareness and appreciation for the artisanal culture amongst tourist and the Belizean public, we have approximately 175 artisans that will be participating this year and it takes place at the Belize City memorial park starting at 9am and it finishes about 5pm in the evening we are excited to say that we have about 44 villages from across the country that will be participating and definitely there will be food and drinks for sale out there, we will have Pen Cayetano and Super Furia band that will be giving us live entertainment so definitely on Saturday it is a family event and we are inviting all young and old to come out it is an early Christmas shopping for your love ones so definitely is will be sunny and bright day.”

Maria Novelo – Reporter

“I know you guys launched the Unique Brand will that be represent there too by those artisans?”

Clive Myers – Destination Planning and Development Coordinator, BTB

“Definitely, the Unique Belize Brand will be having a space that couple of the artisans and the Unique Belize Brand will be at the Village Expo so if the artisan is not out there we also have representation from the tourism benefit communities adjacent to archaeological sites will be out there and will also have information about all artisan under the Unique umbrella.”

The event kicks off at 9:00am and ends at 4:00pm. Entrance is free.

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