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Excitement builds over Tobago Carnival

With most people not revelling in a Carnival since 2020, stakeholders foresee that the October celebrations in Tobago will not just produce bumper events but provide a much needed economic boost for the island. The anticipation is so great that some Tobago mas makers are already designing costumes in preparation for the first Carnival that is separate from the annual celebration.  Chairman of the Tobago Carnival Bandleaders Association Jemma Bedlow said on Tuesday that members welcome this separation. Tobagonians usually participate in the national celebration held between January and March but Bedlow said it now allows Tobago to celebrate in its style.  On...

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Tobago Business Chamber: October Carnival must rival regional, international festivals

The Tobago Business Chamber says the island’s October Carnival must make its mark on the world stage, even rivalling Trinidad’s event and those of its regional and international counterparts. The chamber’s chairman Martin George said in a WhatsApp voice note: “We want this to be stamped on the calendar as an event that people will look forward to annually, the same way they look forward to Crop Over in Barbados, Miami Carnival, Jamaica’s Carnival and Toronto’s Caribana. Tobago’s Carnival must make its mark,” George said the island’s Carnival must not be “an October version of the mundane, pedestrian, ordinary Carnival-type event that...

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Tobago Business Chamber wants seaplane airbridge too

The Tobago Business Chamber is urging the government to consider implementing a seaplane service between Scarborough and Port of Spain, specifically for business travellers. On Wednesday, the chamber welcomed Caribbean Airlines’ (CALs) decision to fly 24 daily services from April 2 to meet the inter-island demand. The chamber, the Tobago Hotel and Tourism Association and other stakeholders had been clamouring for increased flights to the island, particularly in light of the government’s decision last Saturday to do away with safe zones and covid19 restrictions in most sectors. They said Tobago’s economy was decimated by covid19 over the past two years and needs to...

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[UPDATED] CAL adds additional domestic flights, stakeholders want more

Caribbean Airlines (CAL) will increase the number of flights on the domestic airbridge from April 2. In a press release on Wednesday, CAL said it will operate 24 daily services to meet the inter-island travel demand. The Prime Minister recently announced that the majority of covid19 restrictions, including safe zones, will be dropped from April 4. Chief Secretary Farley Augustine and a number of business stakeholders in Tobago had been calling for CAL to beef up the number of domestic flights for the Easter period. All flights to Tobago for the next two weeks had already been sold out. On Monday, Augustine said Tobago...

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CAL awaits permission to increase Tobago flights

Caribbean Airlines (CAL) says it is waiting on the Ministry of Finance to give the green light before any adjustments are made to the existing flight schedule on the Trinidad and Tobago airbridge. When contacted by Newsday on Tuesday, CAL's head of corporate communications Dionne Ligoure said, “We will be guided by the instructions and direction of the relevant authorities with respect to adjusting the operations on the airbridge. THA Chief Secretary Farley Augustine and several business stakeholders have called for more flights on the airbridge. Augustine said on Monday, "In Tobago's case, we need a bumper season. Beyond the reopening of the...

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Caribbean Airlines to increase frequency between Trinidad & Tobago

Caribbean Airlines will operate 24 daily flights between Trinidad and Tobago come April 2. The airline says this is to meet the demand for Easter and beyond.  The announcement comes mere days after Minister in the Ministry of Finance Brian Manning told Guardian Media that Cabinet would be meeting to discuss the possibility of increasing capacity on the airbridge. He made the comment in response to calls from Tobago Business Chamber president Martin George for Government to consider an increase in flights on the domestic airbridge.  Responding to the change, Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Farley Augustine expressed his pleasure on...

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Tobago stakeholders tell PM: Full reopening means max flights

TOBAGO's business stakeholders are buoyed by the Prime Minister's announcement on Tuesday that he is considering a full reopening of the country. Dr Rowley made the announcement at the Conversations with the Prime Minister series. He noted that after analysing the covid19 data two weeks after the Taste of Carnival festivities ended, he felt sufficiently satisfied that a reopening of all sectors should be discussed. “I am now being minded to tell the country I see no reason now not to open the country up completely," Rowley said. On Wednesday the Ministry of Health reported 275 new covid19 cases and three deaths. There are...

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Cabinet to address airbridge issue soon, CAL waits on word

The Cabinet is will discuss the possibility of an increase in Caribbean Airlines flights (CAL) between Trinidad and Tobago soon, Minister in the Ministry of Finance Brian Manning said yesterday. Speaking in a telephone interview, Manning said a decision should be made before Easter. He made the comment in response to calls from Tobago Business Chamber president Martin George for Government to consider an increase in flights on the domestic airbridge. “It is still not up to full capacity… this is now the biggest bugbear in terms of the accessibility to Tobago for Trinidadians and their families who wish to come to Tobago,”...

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Tobago Chamber wants Clarity on Reshuffle

CHAIRMAN of the Tobago Business Chamber attorney Martin George is calling for clarity in the Government’s decision to reshuffle the cabinet. He said the Tobago Chamber supported the Government in its decision in anything for greater business activity and business. But asked, “How will this cabinet reshuffle be beneficial to the nation and the business community?” George said, “We don’t want simply it to be a rotation, such as a merry go round. “We would like to see the Government explain the rationale, the basis for these changes and to have a frank discussion with the population as to how this will benefit...

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Chief Secretary: ‘Not the time to remove fuel subsidy’

Chief Secretary Farley Augustine has strongly urged the government to consider all aspects –particularly the fragile state of Tobago’s economy – before removing the fuel subsidy. Although the economic effects from the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the covid19 pandemic cannot be ignored, Augustine said now is not the time to remove subsidies on fuel. He was speaking at a post-Executive Council media briefing on Wednesday. At another instalment of Conversations with the Prime Minister on March 8, the Prime Minister said the country cannot be insulated from the hike in fuel prices. But Augustine said, "There are several things that we also have...

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