22 November 2016
T&T Shines at World Travel Market 2016
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad: Team Trinidad & Tobago has declared World Travel Market 2016 a success as the final day concluded in London on Wednesday 9th November 2016.
For the duration of WTM, the Trinidad and Tobago contingent, which comprised senior officials from the Tourism Development Company of Trinidad & Tobago and the Tobago House of Assembly held meetings with the travel trade in source markets; hosted events to demonstrate the destination’s food, music and other cultural experiences; and held press interviews with international media, including Responsible Travel, Adventure Travel Magazine, National Geographic Traveller, BBC Radio, Trip Advisor and Legardere Sports.
In an interview with the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, Assemblyman Tracy Davidson-Celestine, Secretary for Tourism and Transportation and Deputy Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly shared that airlift to Tobago from Europe will be increased when Thomas Cook Airlines begins flying to Tobago from Saturday 12th November, 2016. Visitors to the Tobago would be able to book flights from Munich, Frankfurt and Manchester. Secretary Davidson-Celestine also revealed that Virgin Atlantic airlines will resume flights from the UK to Tobago in December 2016. She also noted with anticipation, the on-going negotiations to establish a Sandals resort in Tobago.
Following meetings with Mot Mot Travel, a travel company that offers bespoke holidays throughout the Caribbean for eco-tourists and culture seekers, the company agreed to consider adding Lopinot Village to their future itineraries to Trinidad and Tobago. According to the company, Trinidad and Tobago is the most popular destination for bird watching and nature seeking tourists.
On Wednesday 9th November 2016, Dr Lisa Indar – Director, Tourism and Health Program at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) introduced the executive members of the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) to the Caribbean Tourism and Health Program and discussed how the UNWTO could collaborate with CARPHA to expose the program globally. The Tourism and Health Program was launched in Trinidad on 23rd September 2016. The main expected benefit of the THP is the enhanced health, safety and security of tourism facilities, and thus the sustainability of the long-term image and reputation of Trinidad and Tobago as a tourism destination.
As the Caribbean faces intensified global competition for tourists, Trinidad and Tobago-based company, Tourism Intelligence secured a contract to develop a strategic plan on behalf of CARICOM for the region’s tourism industry.
At a WTM award ceremony, Assemblyman Tracy Davidson-Celestine presented a Responsible Tourism Award for the second consecutive year while Tobago-born tourism ambassador and former Manchester United striker, Dwight Yorke presented an award on the Global Sport Tourism Summit.
Destination Trinidad and Tobago’s booth at WTM was themed, “Retained from the past, preserved for the future, enjoyed in the present.” The theme paid homage to global travellers’ increased interest in culture and heritage and this niche, vis-à-vis our multi-cultural cuisine, festivals and unique features, attractions and way of life.
World Travel Market (WTM) took place in London from November 7th – 9th 2016. It is the leading global event for the travel industry to meet industry professionals and conduct business deals. Through its industry networks, unrivalled global reach, WTM London creates personal and business opportunities, providing customers with quality contacts, content and communities.