Thursday 19 September, 2019

Leve positions Tobago as Caribbean romance destination

Dr. Denise Tsoi-a-Fatt Angus of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and Dr. Auliana Poon, Managing Director of Leve Global are flanked by models at the launch of Leve 2018

Dr. Denise Tsoi-a-Fatt Angus of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and Dr. Auliana Poon, Managing Director of Leve Global are flanked by models at the launch of Leve 2018

On May 6, Tribagonians, along with fashion icons and culinary connoisseurs alike will get a taste of the romantic island paradise of Tobago like they have never had before at Leve 2018.

Leve–Global (formally Tourism Intelligence International) launched Leve last Wednesday at Dianne's Tea Shop. The invitation-only fashion and lifestyle event--which is set to take place at Villa Being in Arnos Vale in Tobago-- is meant to draw upon the aura and beauty of Tobago while creating an environment of quality excellence to portray and promote a cluster of exceptional local brands in the fields of fine art, fashion, cuisine, culture, rum, and rhythm. 

With the theme of Love Is In The Air", Leve aims to showcase talented Trinbagonian fashion designers, culinary practitioners, accessories producers and entertainers to an international audience as an integral aspect of our rich and ethnically diverse culture. It's also meant to promote Tobago as a romantic Caribbean destination.

According to Dr. Auliana Poon, Managing Director of Leve Global, “Leve provides the perfect opportunity to showcase Tobago and it has a lot of potential to propel the island even further on the international scene, especially through the country’s fashion and culinary industry. We are so ecstatic to be partnering with the best talents in Trinidad and Tobago to expose our culture, cuisine and our way of life”.

Also speaking at the Leve Media Launch was Dr Denise Tsoi-a-Fatt Angus of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) who pointed to “Leve moving beyond a memorable annual event to becoming a global marketplace for trade and export of the country’s best of the creative sector and having the potential to become a significant driver in the diversification thrust in the economy”. Dr. Angus also noted that “programmes like Leve are necessary and critical at this juncture in our country’s development, where the transformation of the economy lies in the reliance on the energy and creativity of our people and away from the energy from the environment”.

Under the patronage of Dr. Denise Tsoi-a-Fatt Angus, Presiding Officer of the Tobago House of Assembly, Leve 2018 will also display the latest fashion trends from designers including the wedding and resort collection of Heather Jones and Marlon George’s cutting-edge urban couture for the Caribbean elite; the creative artistry of Richard Young; mouth-watering and sensually tantalizing culinary treats from chef extraordinaire Adrian Cumberbatch; the paintings of fine artist Kenywyn Crichlow, and the beautiful leather craft of Tobago foremost artisan Ted Arthur. 

Past editions of Leve the event served up other award-winning names in the industry such as fashion designer Claudia Pegus, Master Tailor from the prestigious Saville Row in London Andrew Ramroop, Ecliff Elie, Marcellin’s Creations and  Media Works, Leroy Clarke, Shastri Maharaj and Brian Mac Farlane.

This year’s event will be further enhanced with the launch of the Leve Tourism Training Academy that will provide personal branding programmes that are essential ingredients for successful careers and businesses. The aim of the Academy is to elevate the people and spirit of Trinidad and Tobago and to deliver exciting and engaging programs that will assist in the improvement of the national customer service levels.

The first training and entrepreneurial programme of the Leve Tourism Academy, “Brand You”, will be held on Friday, May 4 in Tobago.

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