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Tobago Business Chamber welcomes Trinis

AFTER weeks of little to no revenue generated by tourism – the island's lifeblood – chairman of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George was telling Trinis, “welcome, welcome, welcome,” as he responded to the Prime Minister’s announcement that Caribbean Airlines will expand flights to and from Tobago, in a bid to resume domestic tourism. “We invite you to come to Tobago. The beaches would be opened in a few days’ time so therefore you would be able to have your wonderful vacation right here in Tobago as normal. We welcome all Trinis because this is the best place, in fact it...

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Tobago association advises hoteliers to take Government ‘s grant terms

Chairman of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George says Tobago hoteliers should accept Government’s terms and conditions to access the $50 million COVID-19 hotels’ upgrade grant facility. In a statement on Saturday, the Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association (THTA) expressed disappointment over the distribution of the grant. The association said: “We reject the proposed grant distribution outright.” THTA said the grant gave hoteliers with less room more money and made the criteria for accessing the funds, burdensome. ‘This could be the end for many small and medium-sized businesses, most of whom were already suffering before the pandemic hit Trinidad and Tobago,” the hotel association...

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George: Don’t judge landlords

Tobago Chamber chairman Martin George says the Government cannot mandate that landlords be lenient to tenants who cannot pay their rent because of the covid19 stay-at-home restrictions. During a news conference at the Diplomatic Centre last Saturday, the Prime Minister urged landlords to "have a heart" as the Government extended the stay-at-home order to at least May 10. Borders are also expected to remain closed until May 15. In a WhatsApp voice note on Wednesday, George said the Government's appeal to landlords is not a "legal imposition. "It is not something that can be legally enforced. It is basically a request for landlords...

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New PNM Tobago leader brings dynamism

Tobago Business Chamber: New PNM Tobago leader brings dynamism President of the Tobago Business Chamber, Martin George, has congratulated Tracy Davidson-Celestine on her victory, in Sunday’s run-off election for the post of Political Leader, of the People's National Movement's (PNM) Council in Tobago. Martin George is calling for a continued working relationship between her and current Chief Secretary of Tobago House of Assembly, Kelvin Charles, whom Davidson-Celestine ousted in the leadership contest, yesterday. “Moving forward, the Tobago Business Chamber is willing to work with both Ms. Davidson-Celestine in her role as leader of the PNM Tobago Council; and Mr. Charles, as the continuing...

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Sweet talk from Kamla? Chamber wants more details on Tobago plan

THE Tobago Business Chamber has expressed mixed views about Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar's plan for Tobago if the United National Congress returns to government after next year's general election. "The Tobago Business Chamber is always open and receptive to ideas and plans for the development and improvement of business and business persons in Tobago and in that regard, some of the initiatives proposed by the Opposition Leader for Tobago, in her budget response, appear attractive while others appear to be broad blandishments on sound-bites and well-worn talking points with no real details or substance, amplified to elaborate on the operationalisation of...

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George: Make Tobago VAT free

The To­ba­go Busi­ness Cham­ber is call­ing for the re­moval of Val­ue Added Tax (VAT) from goods on the is­land. “If the 12.5 per cent VAT is re­moved it will en­cour­age greater in­vest­ment in To­ba­go. Per­sons will come and set up busi­ness­es or come to re­tire,” Cham­ber head Mar­tin George said in an au­dio re­sponse to the 2019/2020 Bud­get. George, who had mixed re­views to the bud­getary mea­sures an­nounced by Fi­nance Min­is­ter Colm Im­bert on Mon­day, ap­plaud­ed the in­crease in wages for CEPEP and URP work­ers but crit­i­cised the lack of ac­tion on the For­eign In­vest­ment Act which re­stricts the acreages of land,...

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TOBAGO BUSINESS CHAMBER and its Chairman Martin George teamed up with the Indian High Commission

TOBAGO BUSINESS CHAMBER and its Chairman Martin George teamed up last week with the Indian High Commission, bringing together a team of high powered Tobago Business persons to discuss and brainstorm business ideas and economic solutions for Tobago. Indian High Commissioner Ambassador Sahu and his entourage flew over to Tobago and shared dinner, good conversation and business ideas with Business Executives from Pennysaver's Supermarket, Martineau Construction and Transport, Buccoo Town Centre & Atlantic on the Edge Townhouse Development, Singh's Hardware and Construction and a representative from the Education sector in Tobago. Emerging from the discussions the High Commission expressed interest in setting...

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Nursing Council to get lawful quorum

The operations of the Nursing Council of T&T are set to resume, later this week. During a hearing of a lawsuit brought by ousted council president David Murphy at the Hall of Justice in Port-of-Spain, yesterday morning, a representative of the Ministry of Health informed High Court Judge Frank Seepersad that six members of the council are expected to be appointed by Wednesday. The official stated that Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh had received Cabinet approval for the appointments and was in the process of sending letters to the appointees. The move, which was encouraged by Seepersad during a previous hearing, last month, will...

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George: Tobago’s slice will only pay wages and bills

TOBAGO'S $2.23b slice of the $53b national budget will be enough to only pay wages and bills according to Martin George, interim chairman of the Tobago Business Chamber. Speaking hours after Finance Minister Imbert delivered his fifth budget on Monday, George told Newsday that after the THA uses 90 per cent of the allocation for recurrent expenditure, Tobago will not have enough money for critical development in the next fiscal year. "So what will there be for capital expenditure, infrastructural development and investment in building up the business capacity of Tobago," George asked. "We would have hoped there was a greater emphasis...

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