Vice President of the Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association (THTA) Carol-Ann Birchwood-James said government’s plan to boost domestic tourism through the addition of extra flights between the islands is lost and will not make a dent in the current tourism situation.
While she said her members welcomed the decision, “Extra flights will benefit Tobagonians who are going to Trinidad for appointments and other things that they must do in Trinidad.”
However, she said there still are not enough flights bringing people to Tobago “in a way that can impact the current economic situation.”
Birchwood-James also told media that the decision to reopen the Buccoo Marine Park made no sense as the marine park cannot be viewed in isolation.
She told Newsday: “There are no real benefits to help Tobago. If you go in the Buccoo Reef and you can’t jump in the Nylon Pool, then what is the sense of going.
“If you can’t go to the beaches of Tobago. If you can’t go to the Nylon Pool, then what other attractions are there?” she asked.
Birchwood-James said hoteliers are adopting a wait-and-see approach.