As Tobago’s October carnival enters its second year of existence, Chief Secretary Farley Augustine says the event has grown to the extent that its oversubscribed and it is not likely the island will meet the demand for people wanting to come from Trinidad for the upcoming carnival. Tobago Carnival takes place from October 27-29.
Augustine beaming with enthusiasm said: “We know it’s heavily subscribed because the inter-island ferry service did put on additional sailings and in two and half days all those tickets went completely. We expect the additional flights where Caribbean Airlines are concerned. But we know those would go in quick time”.
The Chief Secretary also said: “So we suspect, in this season, we will not be able to meet the demand for those wanting to come from Trinidad to Tobago. But it shows there is a demand for those wanting to come from Trinidad to Tobago. It shows there is a demand for something we continue to build upon.”
Augustine was speaking with reporters after addressing a function to officially welcome Tobago’s new Indian High Commissioner Dr Pradeep Singh Rajpurohit and Director General of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations Kumar Tuhin, said the THA has allocated a smaller budget of $12.5 million for the festival and that this year, Scarborough will be the focal point: “So what we have been doing is learning from every installation. We had the first installation and listened to what were some of the defects, some of the challenges and we looked to see if we could change those so that the product can keep developing.”