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Friday, 10 June 2016 18:13

Tourism stakeholders want urgent meeting with THA officials

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President of the Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association, Chris James, is supporting the implementation of the Tourism Standing Committee headed by Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley.

Speaking at a Press Conference held by the Tobago Private Sector Stakeholders on Friday, he said Tobago's tourism is in serious crisis.

"We call for an immediate sit down with the relevant authorities. Initially, the Divisions of Tourism and Finance so that we can make our voice heard and have our recommendations considered in the efforts to save what is left of Tobago’s tourism industry. Whilst the region continues to grow at an impressive rate, we in Tobago are seeing a continuing decline in international arrivals."

Mr. James said if tourism in Tobago is to grow, politics must not be involved.

"If we are to save Tobago's tourism industry, we ask for discussions to move away from the politics of the situation so that full attention can be given to facilitating the intervention and providing the help that is so desperately and urgently needed for the survival of the Tobago tourism industry and by extension, the Tobago economy."

Mr. James said rebranding, a proper destination marketing plan and an attractive investment plan for both regional and international investors are among some of the things needed to save the industry.

"The time for action is now and the collaboration and the partnership of Central Government, THA and tourism private sector is essential. We cannot sit passively and allow further deterioration of Tobago’s tourism industry. We are therefore demanding that action be taken without delay."

A letter was sent by the Private Sector Stakeholders to the THA for discussions to begin on the matter.

Those discussions are set to begin with the Division of Tourism and Transportation on Monday.

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