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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, June 29, 2015
MovieTowne cinema patrons can now enjoy
the convenience of buying movie tickets online
from their homes, office or anywhere.
That is among the latest innovations introduced
by the entertainment company.
In addition to launching a new website, Movi-
etowne recently unveiled a Buy Tickets Online
Platform in partnership with Ticktr, T&T s first
mobile-based cinema ticket purchasing app.
The new site features show times, advanced day
schedules, voting for movies, kids movie selections,
and social media movie sharing.
It also showcases the MovieTowne Mall at Invad-
er s Bay, with all of the stores, restaurants and
bars featuring their menus, product offerings, as
well as deals and specials on offer.
Customers are constantly updated with a detailed
calendar presenting events and activities taking
place at MovieTowne and there is a separate section
highlighting the Banquet and Conference Centre
located on the third floor in Fiesta Plaza.
The Buy Tickets Online platform, and online
e-commerce ticket service is the first of its kind
in T&T and the Caribbean and it offers customers
the option of using a local or international credit
card to buy tickets from the new website
All customers have to do is visit the site, select
their movie request, make a booking for their tick-
ets, enter credit card information and once the
transaction is approved, they simply pick up their
movie tickets when they visit MovieTowne at the
redemption station by scanning either their print-
at-home bar code confirmation, or an email con-
firmation from their mobile phone.
The project is a first for Ticktr, MovieTowne
and their partner bank First Citizens.
First Citizen CEO Karen Darbasie said: "First
Citizens stands true to its promise of delivering
firsts to the country.
We are proud to be a part of this new innovation
with MovieTowne and Ticktr to facilitate the first
financial mobile application and online ticketing
platform, to allow e-commerce transactions on
your mobile phone and on your computer devices."
MovieTowne s marketing director Louanna Borde
"The MovieTowne website, online ticketing and
the Ticktr mobile app are designed to be our online
platforms, giving our customers interactive, useful
tools to plan and access their entertainment all
from one place.
"People are busier than ever these days and
they want everything instantly, they want to plan
their social outings without having to exert too
much effort. The new, daily updated website and
app offer them convenience with all of the features,
innovations and content they need 24-7."
The Tobago House of Assembly s
(THA) limited power to make deci-
sions for the island s welfare is
hurting the island s development,
according to Secretary of Finance
and Enterprise Development, Joel
He said under the existing leg-
islative arrangement, Tobago s pres-
ent and potential contributions to
the national purse are not clearly
defined and Tobago cannot pass
laws, make certain financial trans-
actions, or source additional funds
for the island s development.
He said these realities significantly
weaken the THA s negotiating posi-
tion when requesting funds from
the Central Government.
The THA has estimated that it
will raise $255 million in tax revenues
in the next fiscal year, Jack said,
although the island has much greater
That sum does not include taxes,
fees, duties, levies and other imposts
of firms such financial institutions
operating in both Trinidad and
"The revenues from many of these
entities are still paid centrally by
their head offices in Trinidad con-
trary to the tenets of Act 40 of
1996," the Finance Secretary said.
"Again, we expect the revenues gen-
erated by these entities to be quite
"Maybe the time has come for
the enactment of more robust and
effective legislation to compel com-
panies operating in Tobago to pay
their taxes in Tobago. Also, the rev-
enues indicated fail to capture rev-
enues generated from activities relat-
ed to exploration and production of
energy resources in the marine space
around the island of Tobago, which
from even cursory estimates are
quite substantial." Jack added: "This
is one of the critical issues that will
be addressed in the ongoing discus-
sions on self-governance for Toba-
Those talks between a Tobago
team and a Central Government
committee have stalled. The com-
mittee requested their third meeting
be postponed, and has failed to
negotiate a new date.
Jack said since the introduction
of the Dispute Resolution Commis-
sion (DRC) rule that Tobago must
get between 4.03 per cent and eight
per cent of the national budget,
Central Government has provided
the bare minimum allocation to
avoid being legally challenged by
It leaves the THA unable to fund
its development initiatives. "For fis-
cal 2015," Jack said, "while the
Assembly was allocated 70 per cent
of its request for recurrent spending,
it was allocated only 15 per cent of
its request for development spend-
ing, thereby leaving several critical
development projects significantly
He said he will not let Tobago s
fiscal constraints prevent the THA
from developing the island.
is being limited
First Citizens CEO Karen Darbasie uses the self-serve Redemption Kiosk to collect the first online
movie ticket with assistance from MovieTowne's chairman Derek Chin at the company's flagship
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