Published on : Monday, October 16, 2017
The Ministry of Tourism is making Trinidad and Tobago an ideal travel destination, as it was earlier, and it is already reaping its success in the 2017-2018 season with a promise of the bumper rise of 71 calls.
Officially declaring the cruise season open yesterday as the Minister of Tourism Shamfa Cudjoe welcomed the early-morning arrival of passengers. She said despite the recent destruction wrought by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, but the tourism industry was not at all lost.
She declared that cruise tourism is still alive and kicking in the Caribbean Island, all is not lost and they are open for business. Cudjoe also added that not just a handful of islands in the Caribbean, but 70 per cent of our territories are still open for business.
With rebuilding efforts underway in islands such as Dominica, Turks and Caicos, Montserrat, and St. Kitts and Nevis, Shamfa Cudjoe also reinforced that the tourism was the backbone of many Caribbean Island nations as she quoted recent sentiments by chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Hugh Riley who said that if anyone want to help the Caribbean Island then to travel is necessary.
Shamfa Cudjoe described the cruise industry as the fastest growing segment of worldwide leisure travel, having experienced an average passenger growth rate of seven per cent per annum since 1980.
She said that January to June 2017 is the peak tourism time. Caribbean cruise arrivals stood at 15.3 million, which was a four per cent increase for the corresponding period in 2016.
The minister said that over 20 visitor guides were trained and would be strategically stationed around the capital as vessels put into port over the next few weeks. She also affirmed that the efforts were also being made to secure the translators as persons from as far away as Germany and Italy were expected.