Tuesday 20 March, 2018

MP calls for Tourism Minister's dismissal

Perceived failure and collapse in the tourism sector have prompted a call from Couva North MP Ramona Ramdial for the immediate removal of Shamfa Cudjoe from the Ministry.

In a statement, Ramdial said the current administration has been mired with poor performance, governance and leadership.

Tobago tourism, she said, has been the hardest hit as the collapse of the sea and air bridges has destroyed the sister isle’s economy.

“Tobago hoteliers are closing up shop due to the unreliability of sea and air bridges which has resulted in lowest ever tourist arrivals to Tobago. In addition, supplies of goods for supermarkets, hardwares etc. have severely impacted upon the business operations of the food and beverage sector.”

The Opposition MP noted that tourist visits hit a record low in 2017, with international tourist arrivals to T&T stood at 394, 650 in 2017, declining from 408, 782 in 2016, and 439, 749 in 2015.

In calling for Cudjoe’s removal for her responsibility in the collapse of Trinidad and Tobago tourism sector, Ramdial said the Minister is ill-suited to transforming the country’s tourism product as one of the alternatives for revenue generation in the diversification thrust to move away from reliance on oil and gas revenues.

Further, she called on the Prime Minister to revisit the portfolios of all Ministers of government as the administration’s mid-term review “has shown an overall failure”.


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