The Kirkconnell family has donated the use of a plot of land on the corner of Boilers Road and South Church Street in George Town for the new Craft Market.
Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush, thanked the Kirkconnell’s.
‘I wish to convey my own personal thanks to the Kirkconnell family for providing this land to the Tourism Attractions Board. We looked at various sites but wanted a proper facility and this land allows us to have that. Craftsmen and artists of this island and the Sister Islands will now have a proper place to display and sell their products, and Grand Cayman will have a new attraction for tourists and cruise ship passengers.’
Mr Bush also thanked Permanent Secretary for Tourism Tim Hubbell for his support of the project and Mr Jean-Eric Smith of Youngblood Productions for his dedication in moving the project forward, states a GIS press release.
Mr. Smith, who will be running the site on behalf of TAB, explained that he has been working on the project for five years and believes it will give local artists and craftsmen a much needed outlet.
‘The market will represent the sights, senses and sounds of art and culture in Cayman,’ he said.
Mr Gerry Kirkconnell was pleased his family could help out.
‘I am very happy that we had a piece of property we could offer the Government to use in developing the craft market. It will give the government and craftsmen an opportunity to see how big a market this will be for tourists and whether it should be developed as a permanent tourist attraction,’ he said.
CEO Gilbert Connolly signed the lease agreement on behalf of the Tourism Attractions Board, and the Board’s Chairman Kirkland Nixon said that TAB was pleased to accept responsibility for the management of the market.