The government’s announcement that steelbands will be seen as ambassadors for tourism has sparked enthusiasm from Pan Trinbago President Beverley Ramsey-Moore.
Finance Minister Colm Imbert, when reading the 2022 budget on Monday, said the government would use some or all of the steel orchestras such as Desperadoes, All Stars, Invaders, BP Renegades, among others, and label them as tourism ambassadors.
He said it would showcase local talent and create job opportunities for TT’s young and talented people.
Ramsey-Moore, when contacted by Newsday, said it was exciting news.
“It looks like the government is focusing on the orange economy as well. And when we talk about the orange economy, it is about creative commerce. By linking it to tourism, we as steelband leaders must prepare to participate in this orange economy. “
Ramsey-Moore said paying attention to the contribution steelbands can make to tourism and generate income for the country was “a great government initiative.”
Imbert said the soon-to-be-built pan Desperadoes theater will generate a unique experience for visitors in steelband music.
Regarding the tourism and creative sector, Imbert said the government plans to take advantage of opportunities for synergies between culture, arts and tourism, and monetize these assets through marketing and promotion.
He said the government was focusing on reopening the tourism sector, especially business tourism, ecotourism, sports tourism, festivals and event tourism.
“We are ensuring that these sectors become economically viable and contribute more significantly to the national economy, employment and competitiveness.
Imbert said major tourist sites and attractions in Trinidad and Tobago are being modernized and upgraded to globally accepted standards to attract domestic and international tourism. These include the beaches of Las Cuevas, Manzanilla, and Maracas, La Brea Pitch Lake, Galera Point Lighthouse, and Paramin Lookout.
TT’s cultural performances and heritage spaces like the Queen’s Hall, Naparima Bowl, and the National Academy for the Performing Arts, among others, have also been updated.
During the presentation, he also announced a new service from KLM Royal Dutch Airlines before the end of the year. He said a collaboration between the airlines and Air France and Sky Team would increase TT’s presence in Europe, ensuring TT’s destination remains central to potential visitors.
He also announced the expansion of TT’s hotel room inventory to “provide accommodation for an expanded visitor presence.”
This will be done through the reconfiguration of the old Carlton Savannah, which will now be the Brix by Marriott, a soon-to-be-completed hotel in Tobago called the Comfort Inn and Suites, a new 152-room hotel under the Sheraton brand near Piarco, the Financial Complex Suites Ltd with 79 rooms scheduled to open in April 2022, and a $ 500 million Marriott-branded luxury resort in Rocky Point, Tobago.
Imbert said the creative and cultural industries will play a key role in improving the visitor experience and national tourism.
The government also announced plans to modernize and repair facilities at Queen’s Park Savannah to “ensure the National Carnival Commission (NCC) is in a better position to host events comfortably and safely.”
“Carnival 2022, if it goes ahead, will provide a great experience for visitors, making the festival a must-see on our annual cultural calendar. “
He added that grants and grants will continue to be given to individuals, groups, community, faith-based, cultural and other non-governmental organizations.
He said the funding will be used to support projects that help build the community, cultural, religious and creative sectors of TT.