AARON HUMES Reporting: The Making Tourism Benefit Communities Adjacent to Archaeological Sites Project aims to reach artisans who live and work near nine prominent Maya sites in four districts with business and marketing strategies designed to help them make more money, but build their brand and importance.
Tourism Specialist assigned to the project, Judy Karwacki, says tourists desire more of a cultural experience in their travels to destinations like Belize and expect to meet and sit down with artisans and learn the craft first-hand.
One of the participants, Dennis Hecker, is a sculptor in hard and soft woods from Maskall, Belize District, which is not far from Altun Ha.
He says he has learned a lot about display and promotion of his product, which he has been creating for 20 years with mahogany and granadillo woods and soft woods as well.
But he notes that there is a shortage of the woods he uses in his work in the area.
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