The Urban Development Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago (UDeCOTT) has been awarded the contract to provide facilities management services at the Maracas Beach Facility.
A release from the Ministry of Tourism said it is the objective of the Ministry to work with UDeCOTT to implement a restoration, action and operational plan for this beach and its facilities to provide all who visit with a safe, environmentally sustainable, aesthetically pleasing, modern, clean and effectively managed attraction of international standards.
UDeCOTT will operate and maintain all aspects of the Maracas Beach Facility, in order to ensure that the public and visitors to this popular tourist attraction have an optimal experience.
The services to be provided include contract management for the service providers at the facility; mechanical, electrical, plumbing and general infrastructure maintenance; grounds maintenance; oversight of vendors; oversight of the carpark and washrooms; oversight of existing security services and improved security arrangements and services; maintenance of the fire suppression system; landscaping; garbage removal; pest control; development and administration of operations manual and service provider protocols; general facilities management (on a daily basis) and event management.
One of the critical issues that will be a priority for UDeCOTT is resolving the issue of illegal chair vending on the Beach and safeguarding the safety and security of all patrons.
The Maracas Beach Facility Improvement Project is on-going.
Phase II of the project, which is being managed by the Ministry of Works and Transport’s National Infrastructural Development Company Ltd, (NIDCO) will start in the new financial year.
The Maracas Beach has had a number of challenges associated with service providers and its maintenance and management.
These challenges include the issue of illegal parking and illegal vending, including chair vending for which many citizens have complained publicly about being harassed and bullied.
The Ministry of Tourism recognises that several problems exist which have negatively affected the visitor experience and the tourist product offering at the Maracas Beach Facility and are working assiduously to restore this iconic stretch of beach to its internationally acclaimed status.
The Maracas Beach and its ever popular bake and shark fish sandwich is synonymous with Trinidad’s tourist offering.
The Ministry of Tourism gives the assurance that every effort is being made to protect and preserve the legacy of this tourist site; the enterprise and livelihood of those who have traded on this Beach for decades as the citizenry will gain from increased visitors returning and new to this ever popular attraction.
With the closure of the Tourism Development Company Ltd in 2017, the Ministry of Tourism assumed responsibility for the Maracas beach Facility, the Las Cuevas Beach Facility, the Manzanilla Beach Facility, the Vessigny Beach Facility and the La Brea Pitch Lake.