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Imagine your dream vacation. Even before you
touch down, you see the beautiful landscape of
your destination awaiting below as you fly over-
head towards the airport. The plane is filled with
people just like you, drooling over the lush, rangy,
undulating hills, a smattering of houses and quaint
buildings, nice sandy beaches and pristine waters.
Having viewed the beauty that awaits you below,
you step off a plane, eager to enjoy every minute
of your stay. And it's every part of the vacation
you've dreamed of, and read about on the internet.
You meet the warm, friendly people, savour the
wonderful cuisine, visit the historical sites and
hangouts, and after a week or two return home,
wishing you could spend two more weeks taking
it all in.
Now what if that destination was Tobago? As a
Tobagonian, you would be proud that a national
of another country gave that kind of review for
this island. It's an ambition that's not far from
reach but it's also an achievement that requires all
hands on deck.
Tourism has long been one of the mainstays of
Tobago's economy. And even though the island is
undergoing economic diversification to ensure future
stability, it's still one of the industries in focus,
simply because there is significant potential for
growth, especially in a period where the Caribbe-
an is enjoying renewed attention from internation-
al travellers. Tourism also makes use of Tobago's
resources: its natural assets, like beaches, wetlands
flora and fauna; it's cultural and historical heritage
and traditions; and the creativity of its people.
Building on the existing gains for the sector,
especially in a challenging economic climate,
requires the necessary infrastructure. This includes
physical structures, such as a sea port that accom-
modate vessels of varying sizes; an airport that can
comfortably and consistently facilitate a large num-
ber of passengers, both internationally and on the
domestic air bridge; and visitor facilities, heritage
sites and other attractions that will turn a first-
time visitor into a repeat customer. And also the
availability of quality visitor accommodations. Much
of these changes have already begun, or have been
earmarked for the not-too-distant future.
Even with the challenge of limited resources if
we as citizens are honest with ourselves, there are
areas where we can improve that can have an eco-
nomic impact on the future of tourism-even if
we're not meeting and mingling with visitors.
Recently, on a popular morning show in Tobago,
one caller set about outlining one of the major
problems in the service industry in Trinidad and
Tobago-an issue that's not exclusion to this coun-
try-service. He proposed that people need to under-
stand the difference between service and servitude.
Whether we serve visitors, or our fellow citizens,
whether it's in a taxi, at the bakery or the cosmet-
ics store, restaurants or even at the cash register
at the phone store, good customer service seems
a bit too hard to find. It starts with a change of
attitude that recognises that every good first impres-
sion is an opportunity to meet both our need and
the interests of the wider society.
We can also show our appreciation for life on
Tobago, and support the island's economic goals
in other ways. By understanding that we are the
face of Tobago to the outside world, we would be
keener to keep our surroundings clean-our com-
munities, streets, and beaches-to support policing
efforts, and where applicable, reduce noise pollution.
And as entrepreneurs, we can be more innovative,
solution-oriented, and seek to provide the quality
of goods, and services that we can be proud to say
were made in Tobago.
So let's provide experiences that repeatedly pay
returns on investment. Let's give the kind of mem-
ories that visitors will not only take home with
them, but be willing to relive again and again.
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Selling the Tobago experience
Cuba National Folkloric
The Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation
collaborated with The Cuba--T&T Educational and
Cultural Exchange to present 'El Conjunto Folklórico
Nacional de Cuba' (translated, the "Cuba National
Folkloric Dance Ensemble") in Concert on Sunday
(March 12, 2017) at the Shaw Park Complex. The
dance ensemble showcases the indigenous folk, and
religious dances of the Cuban people.
Dancers depict slaves who
have brought with them their
ancestral songs and dances.
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