Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 18th 2013 Contents At approximately eight o'clock on Tuesday
03, December, the inaugural flight of the No-
vair charter from Scandinavia with 257 pas-
sengers, a 95 per cent load factor, touched
down at the A. N. R. Robinson International
Airport where a huge crowd gathered and
entertainers waited to joyously greet the
tourists in this Christmas season.
Captain Malachy O'Curry and his crew
alighted the Airbus A330 aircraft first and were
greeted by Ms. Tracy Davidson-Celestine, Sec-
retary of the Division of Tourism and
Transpaortation; Handel Beckles, Assistant
Secretary in the Division of Infrastructure &
Public Utilities and; Leslie Charles, Manager
A brief welcome function for the guests was
hosted by the Division of Tourism above the in-
ternational arrival lounge. In attendance were
The Honourable Chandresh Sharma, Minister
of Tourism and Ms.Juliana Boodram, Perma-
nent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism,
members of the Tobago House of Assembly
and Presiding Officer Kelvin Charles, and some
key tourism stakeholders together with staff
of the Division of Tourism and Transportation.
The Tourism Secretary, in expressing her en-
thusiasm over the significant milestone for
the tourism industry said, "The expansion of
Destination's Tobago's reach into Europe's third
largest outbound travel market is a remarkable
feat for any destination, but particularly a
Caribbean island located so far south in the ar-
She added "with projections indicating that
this new service will increase our arrivals to
this region by twenty-five percent, it is clear
that this initiative will undoubtedly reap many
benefits for our tourism industry and, by ex-
tension, the island's economy."
Takis Filippopoulos, Commercial Director and
Senior Vice President of Nordic remarked "we
tried very hard and together with the local
tourist authorities in Tobago, with support
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Come December 29th, The Tobago Pro
Surf Contest will take place at the famous
Mt Irvine Beach at 10am with a prize giving
ceremony at 5pm at The Shade NightClub.
Now in its third year, The Tobago Pro Surf
Contest is aimed at highlighting the top per-
forming surfers in Trinidad and Tobago under
the best surfing conditions. So it's no wonder
the Mt. Irvine beach was chosen since it has a
reputation of having some of the best waves
in the Caribbean.
Hosted by the Surfing Association of
Trinidad and Tobago, over 30 surfers are ex-
pected to compete, local and international.
According to event manager Keith Lewis,
local surfers Jason Apparicio, Alan Davis,
Christopher Dennis, Che Lovelace and last
year's winner Adrian De Silva will all be com-
peting against invited internationals from
Australia and the U.K.
The Pro Surf contest will have four cate-
gories - the Under 18 male and female divi-
sion, under 14 open division, open men
division and the over 35 masters division.
Those interested in competing must be a
member of the Surfing Association of Trinidad
and Tobago and are required to pay an entry
fee of TT $100.00
The winner of the competition will receive a
custom made surf board from Shark Eye Surf-
Board and the Best Overall Waterman gets a
Nixon wrist watch valued at US $500.00.
At the prize giving ceremony, participants
will be treated to live performances by Orange
Sky.Sponsors for the event include the Tucker
family, Billabong, The Shade Nightclub, Min-
istry of Sports and the Tobago House of As-
Photo Credits: Surfing Association of
Trinidad and Tobago
from them, we succeeded in making To-
bago well known in Scandinavia". He
added, "in the last three months the ma-
jority of the newspapers and the maga-
zines were writing about Tobago,
creating a very big interest in the island
and the area, which we can see now
with the booking numbers".
He felt that there was plenty of confi-
dence in the growing interest in Tobago
and indicated that the airline intends to
increase the number of flights on the
Novair charter in the future. The charter
is scheduled to operate weekly out of
Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland.
Bookings for the winter season are al-
ready at 2,500.
Filippopoulos noted with caution, the
importance of tourism practitioners in
Tobago, and Trinidad by extension, in
providing the best service possible to
their Scandinavian guests so they will
have only positive things to report when
they return to their respective countries.
Minister Sharma said the occasion
was significant for the wider Caribbean
region because coming to T&T means
service throughout the Caribbean. He
told the guests that the culture of the
country offers one of caring and confi-
dence that may not obtain in many
other parts of the world. He welcomed
them on behalf of the government of
Trinidad and Tobago.
On the flight were a group of individ-
ual golfers, approximately 40-50. They
would be competing in golf tournaments
over their two weeks stay in Tobago.
There would be two tournaments per
week, one team tournament and one in-
dividual tournament. The tournaments
are expected to take place at Magdalena
Grand Hotel and Beach Resort located at
Minister Chandresh Sharma shaking the
hand of Fabian Gustafsson, an Apollo Repre-
Secretary Davidson-Celestine and Assistant
Secretary Beckles greets the crew of Apollo
Guests as they came off the Airbus aircraft
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