Trinidad Tourism Ltd, led by Miss Universe 1977 Janelle Penny Commissiong, is expected to begin marketing T&T as a tourism destination before the end of the year.
Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell said that Board of Directors led by Commissiong, which was installed last October, is currently developing the company’s strategic direction so that T&T’s attractiveness on the international tourism marketing could be enhanced.
Mitchell was speaking at the San Fernando East Constituency Sports and Family Day at the Cocoyea Recreation Ground yesterday.
Last year, the Government took a decision to dissolve the Tourism Development Company and in its place, establish two entities, the Trinidad Tourism Ltd and the Tobago Tourism Ltd, both with distinct organisational structures.
“With respect to the one in Tobago, that is up and running, which is more advanced. They are still in a position of operationalising the company and developing its strategic direction. It is a start-up company. The one in Trinidad, a board of directors was appointed in October and that too is in a state of operationalisation, building up the company, setting its strategic direction so that it could begin with the marketing of destination Trinidad,” Mitchell said.
But while efforts are under-way to boost tourism, Movement for Social Justice political leader David Abdulah said Government has displayed its heartlessness towards the people of Tobago with its handling of the Tobago seabridge.
Abdulah said that anticipation for the new ferry, the Galleons Passage, to service the seabridge had been going on for almost a year. Yet, Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan and Finance Minister Colm Imbert kept shifting the goal post when it came to the arrival of the vessel.
He said the heartlessness of the Government was being felt by the businesses in Tobago and those Tobagonians who needed to access services in Trinidad that were not available on the island.
The vessel is currently in Cuba where canopies are being installed on the vehicle deck among other work. It is scheduled to travel to T&T by July 10.