Ministry of Tourism is encouraging citizens to Stay to Get Away
The Ministry of Tourism has launched Stay To Get Away, an initiative geared to increasing domestic tourism in Trinidad and Tobago.
The campaign is meant to direct the Ministry’s attention to the country’s local tourism providers and the income they can generate from the local populace choosing ‘staycations’ instead of travelling abroad. It will consist of tours to various sites and attractions across the country, as well as special accommodation packages and festivals during the July-August holiday period.
Part of the Stay To Get Away Campaign includes a Tourism Education and Awareness component which is meant to create general awareness and appreciation of the tourism industry as a viable sector for employment, entrepreneurship, national development and build stakeholder relationships.
The Ministry is will also involve the youth through a Tourism Youth Symposium which will expose students to the various facets of the tourism sector and enlighten them on the steps involved in pursuing future opportunities in tourism.
Speaking at the launch, which was held at House of Angostura on Thursday, Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe said, "There is a significant contribution that domestic tourism can make to the development of any nation, through economic expansion, job creation, revenue generation and poverty alleviation. Trinidad and Tobago is no different. Therefore, even as we develop and manage our destination to provide an authentic and exhilarating experience for the international tourist, we should do the same to garner the support of our fellow citizens."
One of the multitude of partners for the initiative is the Trinidad and Tobago Incoming Tour Operators Association; its President, Lorraine Pouchet, stated that she was excited to join their brand “Experience T&T to the “Stay To Get Away 2017” initiative. She urged nationals to “take advantage of what is available and to ‘holiday at home’ during the vacation period and discover the many amazing treasure that reside right here at home”.
Stay To Get Away will offer a number of activities and tours including:
- Zip-lining and Animal Kingdom Experience
- Magic Mermaid Pool
- Rio Seco Splash
- Turtle watching tours
- Nature Heritage of the Northern Range (includes an accommodation package)—Asa Wright Nature Centre
- Five Islands Restoration Tours
- Fiver Museums of Port of Spain
- Return to Nelson Island
- Butterfly Museum
- Re-discover your Spanish Heritage
- Walking tours of Port of Spain
- The Merikins Experience
- Cocoa and coffee heritage tours
Residents can also take advantage of a number of accommodation deals through participating hotels across both islands including:
- Asa Wright Nature Centre
- Hyatt Regency
- Kapok Hotel
- Coblentz Inn Boutique Hotel
- L’Orchidee Boutique Hotel
- Trade Winds Hotel
- Cara Suits Hotel and Conference Centre
- Courtyard by Marriott
- Crews Inn Hotel and Yachting Centre
- Forty Winks Inn
- Coco Reef Resort and Spa
- Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort
- Shepherd’s Inn
- Kariwak Holistic Haven
- Blue Waters Inn
Citizens can get more information on all the activities and updates on hotel offers by visiting Stay TnT on Facebook.