The Caribbean Tourism Market is experiencing unprecedented levels of growth, but while many Caribbean Islands are celebrating this rebound, T&T will be left out of the celebration as this country recorded one of the weakest performances in the region.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley’s latest statements on his Government’s steps to mend Tobago’s economy are causing anxiety among many stakeholders on the island. However, while they rejoiced at some of Government’s plans yesterday, they said the majority of the measures do not address the situation in the short term.
Over the last couple of years, the island’s economy has faced challenges, with the seabridge woes deepening the problems.
Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly, Kelvin Charles has strongly condemned the recent attacks on two British female tourists at Grafton Monday morning.
Police reports confirm that the attacks took place in the vicinity of Grafton Beach around 1:30 am on Monday 11th March, 2019.
The Chief Secretary, who returned yesterday from his trip to Germany for the ITB Berlin tourism and trade show, has expressed displeasure at the incidents and is extending sentiments of comfort and concern to the victims and their families.
Tourism Minister, Randall Mitchell says the 2019 Carnival experience had by visitors to this country was significantly enhanced by the level of safety and security provided.
He said the warmth and friendliness of all citizens also had a positive impact on the destination’s image.
Minister Mitchell's remarks were made in the wake of what many, including the police, have described as the safest T&T Carnival in many years.
"Visitors enjoyed themselves at our well-maintained beaches, Carnival fetes and even our culture and cuisine," the minister said.
After being absent from ITB (Internationale Tourismus- Borse) Berlin, Germany in 2018, Tobago has returned to the world’s largest tourism and trade show in 2019 and has used the ITB platform to officially launch the new Tobago branding and imagery to the German market.
The German market is Tobago’s second largest tourism market behind the United Kingdom only.
Tobago House of Assembly Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles and Secretary for Tourism, Culture and Transportation Nadine Stewart-Phillips left for Germany yesterday to attend the Internationale Tourismus-Borse (ITB) in Berlin, Germany.
Charles and Stewart-Phillips will lead the team to the tourism conference, alongside Tobago Tourism Agency CEO Louis Lewis and other representatives from the Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation and the Tobago Tourism Agency Ltd.
The Ministry of Tourism is advising the public that Phase 1 upgrade works are currently being carried out by NIDCO, on behalf of the Ministry of Works and Transport, at the Maracas Beach Facility.
It says that these works in progress include the transition to a new wastewater treatment plant located adjacent to the car park and the demolition of the old wastewater treatment plant located west of the Life Guard Building.