Saturday 21 April, 2018

Opposition MP tells Tourism Minister: Market Stollmeyer’s Castle

Couva North MP Ramona Ramdial is calling on newly appointed Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell to ensure that Stollmeyer’s Castle is a tourist destination that earns revenue for T&T.

Ramdial made the comment via a press release issued on Sunday.

Noting that cultural sites generate income for foreign countries, the Opposition MP said this is a great opportunity for Minister Mitchell to begin to market T&T’s local cultural sites.

“I call upon the Ministry of Tourism and our new Minister of Tourism, Randall Mitchell to start the ball rolling for T&T Tourism by ensuring his Ministry is part and parcel of this initiative to stimulate and generate revenues from our tourism sector by initially having international tourists pay a fee for entering Stollmeyer’s Castle for viewing and experiencing our local history, culture and arts.”

“Eventually the aim should be to fully monetise and make all our local heritage sites self-sustainable while promoting our T&T Tourism product into a strong and viable revenue stream,” she said.

The MP noted that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, at the reopening of Stollmeyer’s Castle last Thursday, said the castle will be put to good use as the nation’s children will be able to visit to learn and appreciate our history, arts and culture. 

She recalled that Dr Rowley also said that the castle will not be a “free for all” as the budget is at $48 million for restoration works. He also referenced having Whitehall restoration works completed in the near future.

 

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