Current travel advisories for Trinidad and Tobago from the United States of America, Canada and the United Kingdom have the potential to negatively impact the local tourism industry, Member of Parliament for St Ann’s East, Joanne Thomas has said.
Thomas, who delivered her budget contribution last Friday night in the House of Representatives, Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain, spoke about Government’s target of 500,000 visitors annually and the decline in the arrival of cruise ships to this country.
She said the three advisories were troubling and Government needed to work on fixing the issues raised in them quickly.
“I look at this target, (the Minister of Tourism Stephen Cadiz) has set, I look at the introduction of the JetBlue and the Apollo Airlines and the implementation of the Radisson Hotel but has the minister looked at the advisory that is placed for the tourists coming into our country from the three major countries.
“I look at the advisory that is placed for tourists coming into our country and one of the things that is highlighted, as we would all expect—crime.
“The advisory says violent crime remains high on both islands and affects local and expatriate communities. It is telling its citizens be particularly cautious when travelling after dark from Trinidad’s Piarco Airport as incidents have happened in the past involving armed robbers trailing arriving passengers from the airport and accosting them in remote areas of the airport parking lot and the highway leading from the airport to downtown Port of Spain, and outside gates of residences.”
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