Village in Tobago boasts high occupancy
The Castara Tourism Development Association (CTDA) says members of the community who provide accommodation to people are benefiting from an 80% occupancy rate.
This is expected to climb to 100% during the high season and the village’s 150-plus rooms are likely to remain occupied for the period.
The information was revealed by CTDA President Brian Taylor after Secretary for the Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation (DOTCT), Councillor Nadine Stewart-Phillips met with the association on Tuesday.
The meeting was held to discuss tourism initiatives within the community as well as the organizations overall objectives for the north coast fishing village.
“Castara is pumping,” said Taylor, who is also owner of Alibaba Tours and Alibaba Seabreeze Apartments. “It is the first place to start receiving tourists every year and the last to start seeing them leave.”
While the Association and the Secretary both agree that there is always more work to be done to improve the island’s tourism product - in Castara, and across the island – Stewart-Phillips said she was encouraged by the news.
“It is always uplifting to hear tourism stories like these coming out of our communities,” said Secretary Stewart-Phillips. “The CTDA is doing a lot of good work to enrich and uplift their community and the Division looks forward to collaborating with them with a view to rolling out similar community-based tourism initiatives.”
Other matters discussed during the meeting included the urgent need for an ambulance and defibrillators in the village; the refurbishment of the Community Centre; the timeline for the completion of the Fisheries building; the installation of a welcome sign; youth development; and the creation of a CTDA website.