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.
Two districts in Trinidad and Tobago have been voted among the most charming beach towns in the Caribbean.
They are Maracas Bay in Trinidad and Castara Bay in Tobago.
The votes came via a survey by TravelMag.com which invited more than 300 travel writers, social media influencers and in-the-know travel professionals to name their favorite beach destinations in the region.
The respondents were asked to identify their favorite charming towns or villages after which the votes were added to determine the final 20 destinations.
Police Commissioner Gary Griffith has held stakeholder talks with senior representatives of three national tourism stakeholder organizations given the influx of tourist destined for T&T for the Carnival 2019 season.
Police say the meeting, in keeping with Griffith’s commitment to engage with stakeholders in the ongoing fight against crime, took place on Wednesday 6th February at the Police Administration Building, Port of Spain.
Tobago police are probing the circumstances surrounding the robbery and assault of a vacationing Canadian couple in Black Rock last Saturday.
According to reports, Ian Roderick Mc Mullin, 63, and Neena Mc Mullin, 65, of New Brunswick, were sunbathing at Grafton Beach when the incident occurred.
The couple told police they saw two men sitting a short distance away but they later fell asleep. However, Mc Mullin said he was awoken by his wife's screams and he saw a masked man, dressed in a hoodie standing over her.