According to the Oxford dictionary tourism is the commercial organization and operation of holidays and visits to places of interest. Is this industry viable to Trinidad and Tobago? I say yes because according to the World Travel and Tourism Council Trinidad and Tobago’s tourism industry employs around 16.7% of the population. So therefore it is a major industry for the country’s nationals.
Why should this industry be developed? According to the Ministry of Tourism there are lots of advantages in developing tourism. Just recently on May 25th and 26th 2009, the Ministry of Tourism hosted national public consultations on a tourism policy for Trinidad and Tobago. The Honourable Joseph Ross, Minister of Tourism, noted that, “it is the intention of government to have a tourism industry that is vibrant, well balanced, innovation and investment driven and people centered and sustainability focused. Our national tourism policy will ensure the development of Trinidad and Tobago for our citizens to safely and happily live and work. In that way our foreign guests will really enjoy their visit to our twin island Republic.”
This shows the ambitious aims of the government to develop tourism in Trinidad and Tobago. What does this mean? The following key principles will guide the development of tourism in Trinidad and Tobago.
Firstly, tourism development will benefit all the people of Trinidad and Tobago as it would bring foreign revenue which indirectly would boost the standard of living to all nationals. Secondly effective local community involvement will form the basis of tourism growth. Thirdly tourism will be used as a tool for the social development and transformation of the country. Also developing tourism could eradicate poverty or at least decrease the high unemployment rates especially in these hard economic times. But most importantly tourism can be used as a mainstream sector to diversify the economy...