President of the Dunn’s River Craft Traders Association Devon Mitchell says despite the prospect of an anticipated good winter tourist season, he is fearful that the craft vendors will once again be overlooked.

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says the ministry is expecting the richest winter tourist season ever, with up to US $1.5 billion expected to flow into the system.

However, Mitchell says with all the grand pronouncements , the craft industry continue to face an uphill battle.

Mitchell says the craft vendors play a big role in the industry but are unable to get necessary sales with the bigger attractions taking the spotlight.

He’s hoping that craft markets will have their own space where tourists can go to purchase crafts.

Mitchell remains excited for the tourism boom but fears this will be another season where the government ignores their cries.

Devon Mitchell, President of the Dunn’s River Craft Traders Association.