TT graces lo­cal shores with an in­vi­ta­tion to come en­joy Trinidad and Tobago

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Coal Pot Restau­rant was, on June 21st, the buzzing cock­tail and din­ner venue for the Trinidad and Tobago Road Show which ran from June 21-23, 2016. The aim of the show was to pro­mote the coun­try as an af­ford­able va­ca­tion des­ti­na­tion, along with a range of sig­na­ture ser­vices and prod­ucts, ac­com­pa­nied by an en­gag­ing cal­en­dar of events.

The Blue Co­ral Mall was the sec­ond host road show venue on Thurs­day June 23rd, giv­ing T&T tour op­er­a­tors and ho­tel reps the chance to present their pack­ages to lo­cal con­sumers. The 10-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion from Trinidad and Tobago headed by Carla Cupid, mar­ket­ing spe­cial­ist for the is­land and the Tourism De­vel­op­ment of Trinidad and Tobago, hosted the event un­der the theme 'Come en­joy Trinidad and Tobago'.

“We chose that theme be­cause we be­lieve that it re­ally rep­re­sents ev­ery­thing that is Trinidad and Tobago. Any­thing your heart de­sires in terms of want­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence a va­ca­tion, you can get it in Trinidad and Tobago,” said Cupid.

The home of the hemi­sphere's old­est rain­for­est, great food and shop­ping are just a few rea­sons why one may choose to visit the is­land.

With sev­eral shop­ping malls such as the fa­mous Trincity Mall on of­fer, jam­packed va­ca­tions are but a flight away.

“Trincity is the largest shop­ping com­plex in the Caribbean with over 300 stores. Port of Spain and Chugua­nas are also pop­u­lar for pro­vid­ing fan­tas­tic shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ences,” boasted Cupid, adding, “Trinidad is pop­u­lar for fab­ric stores, house­hold items, gift items and cloth­ing accessories."

“With the un­ri­valled bio­di­ver­sity, ex­cel­lent for na­ture-based and eco-tourism, Trinidad and Tobago is a mustvisit des­ti­na­tion. We have 600 types of but­ter­flies, 450 bird species, 300 co­ral species, 97 na­tive mam­mals, 95 pro­tected ar­eas, 65 en­dan­gered species and 32 na­ture re­serves. I like to con­sider this as be­ing na­ture's roll-call,” Cupid en­thused. “The is­land is sought af­ter by per­sons in the field of science to come and study th­ese species. Fes­ti­vals such as car­ni­val, par­ty­ing and lim­ing are also real crowd-pullers and good rea­sons to visit T&T,” Cupid con­cluded.

Ac­cord­ing to or­gan­is­ers, the nest­ing of leatherback tur­tles is some­thing spec­tac­u­lar to wit­ness, with tur­tles mea­sur­ing up to six feet long, weigh­ing ap­prox­i­mately 2,000 pounds and a nest­ing sea­son be­tween March and Septem­ber.

Other tourist at­trac­tions of the is­land in­clude ar­chi­tec­tural sites such as those in Queens Park Sa­van­nah, Port of Spain, namely the mag­nif­i­cent seven, a row of seven well-kept, ar­chi­tec­turally fa­mous build­ings which in­clude the Na­tional Acad­emy for The Per­form­ing Arts.

Apart from Trinidad's flam­boy­ant at­trac­tions, Tobago is not short of its own unique glam­our. Its re­li­gious and his­toric fes­ti­vals such as the Blue Food Fes­ti­val and Tobago Her­itage Fes­ti­val are both events to which tourists look for­ward. Goat and crab rac­ing around Easter time are ma­jor at­trac­tions for vis­i­tors, along with com­mu­nity tourism, through which tourists get the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy vil­lage life. The Blue Food Fes­ti­val held in Oc­to­ber is the ul­ti­mate crowd-puller, glob­ally renowned for the use of dasheen to cre­ate a vast range of foods such as cook­ies, ice cream cake and even the tra­di­tional buss-up­shots.

With plenty of flights to Trinidad and daily flights con­nect­ing per­sons from Trinidad to Tobago just 20 min­utes away via LIAT or Caribbean Air­lines, a Caribbean va­ca­tion to TT is merely a thought away.

Trinidad & Tobago is known for many events and fes­ti­vals in­clud­ing car­ni­val. But the twin-is­land repub­lic is pop­u­lar with tourists for nu­mer­ous sites and at­trac­tions. Pic­tured: Na­tional Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre near the world fa­mous Queens Park Sa­van­nah.

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