TDC unveils Carnival 2K11 display at Piarco International Airport
The sunlight streaming through the rooftop of the Atrium at the Piarco International Airport can no longer lay claim to being the only source of brightness following the Tourism Development Company’s (TDC) unveiling of its new festival décor at the airport atrium.
The unveiling of the airport display followed a formal launch outlining the TDC’s core initiatives for the Carnival season, including the Carnival Visitor Guides programme and the hosting of international media. The launch also featured addresses from the Honourable Minister of Tourism, Dr. Rupert Griffith, TDC Vice Chairman, Mr. Larry Nath, and the TDC President and Director of Tourism, Mr. Ernest Littles.
“The Visitor Guides, supported by fully equipped Tourist Information Booths in key areas, will again form part of the TDC's core strategy for Carnival 2011,” Mr. Nath revealed in his remarks.
Another major feature on the TDC’s Carnival diary is this year’s display at the Piarco International Airport of mounted exhibits which accentuate the popularity and significance of 20th century Carnival characters and their roles over the years.
Commenting the installation of the Pierrot Grenade, Dame Lorraine, Jab Molasie and Sailor Mas at the Piarco International Airport, the Minister of Tourism said the exhibit allowed both nationals and visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy the spectacle and pageantry of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival.
“It is essential that the first and last visual impression that a visitor has of Trinidad and Tobago should reflect our vibrant multicultural society, our heritage and the colour and energy of what is internationally known at “The Home of Carnival,” Minister Griffith said.
The Minister also announced that the TDC would be providing entertainment at the Piarco airport for all arriving and departing passengers five days before the Carnival weekend and five days thereafter.
The implementation arm of the Ministry of Tourism, the TDC also hosted 25 members of the international media who experienced Trinidad and Tobago Carnival firsthand.