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Tobago s Secretary for Tourism and
Transportation Tracy Davidson-Celestine
is predicting a continued increase in inter-
national tourist arrivals to Tobago.
The secretary noted that following some
challenging years for international arrivals
to the sister isle, growth has now returned
and from all indications that trend will con-
tinue into next year. In an interview with
the T&T Guardian, Davidson Celestine the
five per cent increase in international arrivals
in 2014 was due to hard work put in by her
division and those efforts were only now
"We have rebranded Tobago and have been
marketing Tobago as a destination that one
can experience a level of authenticity that is
not available in many other destinations.
Today we launched our responsible tourism
initiative in which we encourage people to
not just visit us but to interact with the com-
munity. Learn to bake bread in a dirt oven,
learn to pull seine. In other words live the
culture," Davidson-Celestine said.
She made the statement in London at
the World Travel Market where the T&T
booth has generated significant interest with
many people, media, tour operators and
airlines visitingto learn about the country s
Again this year,T&T s brand ambassadors
Brian Lara and Dwight Yorke were on the
"stand" or booth and were major attractions
for their adoring fans.
They signed miniature balls and bats and
Yorke spent most of the day doing media
interviews with the British press who were
particularly interested in the British Airways
Tobago Legends tournament that takes place
next year on the sister isle.
The booth also featured entertainment
from Tobago icon Michael Baker, pannists
Lincoln Fredrick, Limbo dancers and girls
in Carnival costumes.
Davidson said in addition to the expected
increase in cruise ship arrivals, next year
will also see major improvements in the
airlift out of Europe. In this respect she
promised a major announcement iin the
near future. This combined with improve-
ments in the product will lead to an increase
in tourists coming to the island, she said.
Davidson Celestine added: "I am encour-
aging Tobagonians to look at opportunities
in the sector and to invest and be entre-
preneurs. Our stakeholders, many of whom
are at WTM must also ensure that they
provide the level of service expected by our
guests and consistently work on upgrading
the quality of their properties and service."
Davidson Celestine said as part of the
trip to Europe her team also visited Austria
and Switzerland and the response was
tremendous. She said their activities in
Vienna were over-subscribed and tour oper-
ators, travel agents and the media were seek-
ing more information about Tobago.
She said she was confident those were
markets that Tobago could tap into.
Incorporated, a hotel property
located on St, Peter, Barbados
has been renamed ABV
Investments, according to the
Barbados Stock Exchange
The hotel, formerly owned
by the Massy Group has been
acquired by Jamaican hotelier
Gordon "Butch" Stewart of
Sandals Resorts International,
as he expands into Barbados'
tourism sector. With two
properties in Barbados, a
Sandals hotel in St Lawrence
Gap, the old Almond Hotel in
St Peter is expected to be
converted into a family beach
The Almond hotel has
suffered continued losses in
recent years and Stewart
hopes to turn around its
fortunes, Loop Jamaica said.
Investments totalling $US55 million, possible
maximum expenditure of $US945 million in the
development phase, creation of new jobs and
significant economic activity are expected from
signing of onshore licenses by three energy com-
panies---Range Resources Limited, Primera Oil
and Gas and Lease Operators Limited.
In addition, Government will benefit from taxes
and royalties, while state-owned Petrotrin will
realise new sources of crude oil for its refinery.
The Energy Ministry said in a release that the
signings were the culmination of three years of
collaborative work by officers of several state agen-
cies, including the ministry, Petrotrin, the Office
of the Attorney General, and the Office of the
Commissioner of State Lands. The licences will
result in the drilling of 12 exploration wells, acqui-
sition of 3D and 2D seismic and reprocessing of
existing 3D seismic.
The 2013 Onshore Bid Round was the first ded-
icated land based bid round in 15 years and the
award of the licences is part of the wider strategy
by the ministry to increase production of crude
oil.The total area under license in the three blocks
is 64,000 hectares with potential to produce more
than 800 million barrels of oil.
Range Resources Limited, which signed a licence
for the St Mary s Block, said in a release it has
committed to drilling four exploration wells, shoot-
ing of 160 km 2D seismic and 60km2 of 3D seismic,
along with various other technical studies. As part
of the award, Petrotrin was given a 20 per cent
carried interest through the exploration work pro-
Range said it is in final negotiations for a joint
operating agreement with Petrotrin.
The western part of 44,731 acre block is adjacent
to Range s production infrastructure which could
be used in development of any discoveries.
Range s evaluation of existing seismic and well
data has enabled the company to high-grade a
number of areas and the exploration potential of
St Mary s will be assessed further through acqui-
sition and interpretation of new 2D and 3D seis-
Meanwhile, Primera officials announced yes-
terday that under the licence for the Ortoire block
in south Trinidad, the company will be the operator
with an 80 per cent working interest, while
Petrotrin holds the remaining 20 per cent partner
The block is located approximately ten kilometres
east of Primera s office in Fyzabad and covers
approximately 44,731 gross acres.
James Shipka, chief operating officer, said: "The
Ortoire Exploration Block adds a significant and
exciting exploration opportunity to our Trinidad
oil portfolio." See Page A18
US$55m to be
Davidson-Celestine at WTM:
Growth returns to
Tobago House of Assembly Secretary of Tourism and Transportation Tracy Davidson Celestine during an interview with foreign media at
the World Travel Market 2014 in London, England, yesterday. PHOTO COURTESY TOBAGO HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY DIVISION OF TOURISM AND
Sandals takes control of Almond Resorts
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