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Tobago Chamber: Consider Sea plane service between the islands

He says this encourage the ease of doing business between both islands. While the Tobago Chamber says they are grateful for a much needed and required increase in flights between T&T, its’ President Martin George is calling on “the government, the cabinet and Caribbean Airlines to further implement flights and capacity between the islands.” On Wednesday Caribbean Airlines announced that they will increase the number of flights on the domestic air-bridge from April 2. In a press release on Wednesday, CAL said it will operate 24 daily services to meet the inter-island travel demand.  This followed calls from several stakeholders including George, THA...

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George to THA: Set the bar for a higher standard of accountability

Attorney at Law and President of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George says while he has always held “the greatest respect for the competence and professionalism and abilities for Dr Winford James”, his appointment as deputy chairman of the recently assigned Studley Park Enterprises Ltd (SPEL) board, “just does not have the appearance of the impartiality and transparency upon which the THA campaigned.” James, the brother of Trevor James, the THA's Secretary of Infrastructure, Quarries and Urban Renewal – the division responsible for the Studley Park Quarry – was among 11 committee members appointed for a year to oversee the quarry's...

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Tobago Business Chamber questions rationale behind Barbados route

Chairman of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George is questioning “ the rationale and financial justification” for the newly announced Tobago to Barbados route by Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) especially when he says the domestic air bridge still remains “under-served and under-resourced.” In a statement announcing the introduction of the new service today, CAL CEO Garvin Medera said it’ll be another choice for travellers to connect to various transatlantic markets. He explained that the addition of the new route is aligned with the airline’s mandate to improve regional connectivity and to support the development of multi-destination tourism. Speaking with Loop News on the...

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George: Now is not the time for fuel hike

Chairman of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George says Government’s decision to increase the price of fuel at this time, may not be the “best thought out option” and with businesses now given the chance to reopen after a 2 year hiatus, the timing could not be worse: “The Chamber fully understands and appreciates the need of the Government to balance its budgetary allocations. It is unfortunate that coming out of the pandemic, it does not appear to be the best thought out option, given the fact that we have now emerged from all the restrictions. Businesses are now trying to...

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Tourism stakeholders welcome CAL’s Barbados to Tobago flight

Tourism stakeholders in Tobago are welcoming Caribbean Airlines's (CAL) introduction of non-stop flights between Barbados and Tobago effective May 8. The airline made the announcement via a media release on Wednesday. It said the addition of this new service is aligned to its mandate to improve regional connectivity and to support the development of multi-destination tourism. CAL said it is also working with stakeholders on both islands to stimulate leisure travel and special promotions will be shared with customers in the coming weeks. CAL CEO Garvin Medera said, “The introduction of this non-stop service between Tobago and Barbados will be another choice for...

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Travellers: Easy movement between Trinidad and Tobago for Easter

Travellers and the head of the Tobago business chamber have commended Caribbean Airlines for its reliability and efficiency on the inter-island airbridge over the long Easter weekend. Passengers moving between Trinidad and Tobago to participate in the Easter activities expressed relief that their experience was hassle-free. When Newsday visited the Piarco airport on Sunday, all the domestic check-in counters were clear. Newsday saw only two men seated opposite the domestic check-in lounge. One of the men travelling from Tobago to St Vincent spoke with Newsday while waiting for his luggage to arrive from Tobago. He said because of the availability of flights to Trinidad,...

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Opposition Leader Blames Latest Fuel Hike On Petrotrin Closure

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar says the latest fuel price hike is a direct result of the closure of the Petrotrin refinery. In a release, Mrs. Persad-Bissessar said the increase in fuel prices will increase the cost of goods and services across the board. She said with food prices also likely to increase further, she is of the view that there is no plan in place by Government to treat with the nation’s food security. Meanwhile, Pointe-a-Pierre Member of Parliament David Lee, in a statement, called on the Government to commit to decreasing the price of fuel as soon as global prices decrease. Minister...

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Tobago Chamber head: Winford James must go

Head of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George has called for the appointment of political analyst Dr Winford James as deputy chairman of Tobago’s Studley Park Enterprise Ltd (SPEL) board to be revoked, given his “closeness” to Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Secretary of Infrastructure, Quarries and Urban Development Trevor James. George said Dr James can serve on another board, but it must be out-side the remit of the Division of Infrastructure. Secretary James and Dr James are brothers. Dr James and ten others were appointed to the SPEL board last week. The Division of Infrastructure has direct oversight for the company, whose mandate...

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Tobago, Grande Chambers: Rise in cost of fuel will have knock-on effect

Business chambers continue to express concerns about the negative impact the recent rise in fuel prices will have on businesses and the country in general. Chairman of the Tobago Business Chamber Martin George in a statement said coming out of the pandemic and with businesses now reopening, fuel price increases could not come at the worst time. “The Chamber fully understands the need of the Government to balance its budgetary allocations. It is unfortunate that coming out of the pandemic, it does not appear to be the best thought out option, given the fact that we have now emerged from all the...

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Tobago stakeholders: Fuel price increases create more hardship

Tobago stakeholders have said the government’s decision to increase fuel prices would place further hardship on tourism-related businesses still reeling from the effects of the covid19 pandemic over the past two years. In the Parliament on Friday, Finance Minister Colm Imbert announced that from April 19, 2022, the prices of premium gasoline and super gasoline will be adjusted by $1 per litre to $6.75 and $5.97 per litre, respectively, while the price of diesel will be adjusted by 50 cents per litre to $3.91 per litre. Veteran tour boat operator Michael Frank said the move could be disastrous for the industry. “We are...

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