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The Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Accommoda-
tion Upgrade Project is designed to provide an incen-
tive to owners of tourism accommodation properties in
the form of a partial reimbursement of the cost of
upgrade works. It is intended that this programme will
encourage owners to bring their properties to a rst
class standard in accordance with the Trinidad and
Tobago Standard Requirements for Tourist Accommo-
Incentive Bene ts:
• Eligible properties will receive a reimbursement
grant as a proportion of the cost of refurbishment
for improvements/upgrade works to the interior/ex-
terior of the property.
• Eligible properties with 1-5 guestrooms (Small
Tourism Accommodation Properties) will receive a
20% reimbursement up to $75,000.
• Eligible properties with 6-150 guestrooms (Hotels &
Guesthouses) will receive a 25% reimbursement up
• Properties with 1-150 guest bedrooms
• Properties in operation for more than four (4) years
• Approval from Town and Country Planning Division
• Proof of ownership, Board of Inland Revenue (BIR)
and Value Added Tax (VAT) Clearance Certi cates
• Owners must not currently be in receipt of grant
funds for upgrades from any other arm or agency of
Eligible Upgrade Areas include: Guest bedrooms,
Bathrooms, Lobby areas, Restaurants, Kitchens and
For more information on accessing the incentives, please contact:
Trinidad and Tobago
T rism Acc modati Up ade Pr ect
TRINIDAD - Investment Facilitation Department
Tourism Development Company Limited
Level 1 Maritime Centre, #29 Tenth Avenue, Barataria
Tel.: (868) 675-7034/5/6/7 ext. 176 & 177 • Fax: (868) 675-8851
TOBAGO - Product Development and Destination Unit
Division of Tourism and Transportation
Tobago House of Assembly
#12 Sangster's Hill, Scarborough
Tel.: (868) 639-2125/4636 ext. 2109
Fax: (868) 635-1337/639-5432
The T&T Lifesaving Society is urging citizens to
always be watchful and cautious at the nation s
The society, which is responsible for certifying
lifeguards, has over 400 members.
On Thursday, president of the society Ann Singh,
who is involved in the training and certification of
lifeguards, cautioned the country to listen to the pro-
"The weather and sea conditions are difficult to
predict. The waters on our beaches may look calm
and encouraging to the untrained eyes, but to the
professionals the water paints a complete different
picture," Singh said.
She said lifeguards were trained in understanding
the ocean in ways which the normal citizen would
"They know that there are going to be four different
tides on a particular day which can tell them that
a particular body of water is constantly going to do
different things," Singh said.
She said sometimes the wave action could change
as the tide changes.
"It can also change as the day progresses and the
wind action increases the likelihood of choppy water
Singh added that the ocean floor would also be
displaced, creating holes shifting sand and sea world
"Lateral or long shore currents could also chip in
and present its dangers."
She said these rip currents that are responsible for
over 80 per cent of lives lost on beaches were also
influenced by tide, wind, and formation of the beach.
Still the untrained eyes only still see one thing, "a
good day at the beach."
Singh urged beachgoers to communicate with life-
guards and to ask questions and raise concerns.
"On arrival at the beaches ask him or her about
"They watch over all beachgoers and they know
the ocean and the currents.
"Lifeguards look for any changes in the water con-
ditions and keeps beachgoers away from these dan-
She said beachgoers should be mindful of the
warning flags, listen for lifeguards whistle and follow
"Seek them out in times of danger and trust the
lifeguard s knowledge and judgment."
See Page A24
The T&T Lifesaving Society encourages all
beachgoers especially this July-August
vacation to follow these tips on child safety.
• Educate children what to do if they are lost
at the beaches.
• Make pre arranged plans of a noticeable
• Look for the nearest lifeguard or go to the
nearest lifeguard tower or station.
• Go to the nearest police or security officer
CHILD SAFETY TIPS AT BEACHES
Members of the SOS
basketball team from
Maloney, enjoy a game of
volleyball at Maracas Bay,
PHOTO: RHONDA RAMBALLY
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