By The Star Staff
The Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC) will hold the 26th edition of its Crafts Fair at the Paseo de la Princesa in Old San Juan on Saturday and Sunday.
The fair will feature some 200 artisans from different regions of the island for a projected economic impact of around $1 million, PRTC Executive Director Carlos Mercado Santiago said at a press conference where he announced details on the weekend’s activities, including the musical program, and the handicraft items that artisans will be selling.
The fair is coordinated by the PRTC as part of its cultural tourism program, with the aim of strengthening the development of artisanal businesses and diversifying the tourist offer to boost domestic and foreign tourism.
“The Old San Juan area, which has more than 500 years of history and is a natural cultural tourist center, provides us with the perfect setting to celebrate this great event in a spectacular way, year after year,” Mercado Santiago said. “This fair, in turn, is a valuable tool to exalt the creativity of our artisans, who display our cultural roots, in addition to promoting a boost to the economy, increasing cultural tourism and positively impacting the development of small businesses.”
Artisans Federation President Daniel Rosa said the fair “is an excellent opportunity for artisans to exhibit their talent and show their works, which are for sale to the public on a massive scale.”
“We are excited about the arrival of these dates when artisans can participate in this magnificent, large-scale event in which we the Artisans Federation of Puerto Rico work in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.”
As part of the fair’s opening ceremony, a tribute will be paid to several artisans who have stood out for their career accomplishments and the value of their craftsmanship.