Mitchell foresees tourism boost after Galleons Passage's first voyage
Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell anticipates a resurgence of inter-island tourism following the first sailing of the Galleon’s Passage to Tobago on Monday.
In a statement, Mitchell said tourism got a big boost with the vessel’s official introduction on the inter-island ferry service.
“The attractions of each island are once again more accessible to residents of the other. Those of us in Trinidad can better enjoy Tobago’s world-class leisure offerings and those in Tobago can more easily visit Trinidad for business or other reasons,” he said.
The passengers on the maiden commercial voyage of the Galleons Passage expressed gratitude for the introduction of the new vessel. They said the four hour sailing from Port of Spain to Scarborough was a bit rough but that the service was professional. Officials from the National Infrastructure Development Company Ltd (NIDCO) and media accompanied Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan on the voyage.
The Galleons passage can accommodate 700 passengers and 100 vehicles per trip. The vessel sails on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays departing 6:00 am from Port of Spain and 4:00 pm from Scarborough. The return fare is $100 per adult and $75.00 per cargo trip.
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