The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

The Trinidad and Tobago gov­ern­ment on Thurs­day said it had es­tab­lished a com­mit­tee headed by a for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter, Wen­dell Mot­t­ley, to ne­go­ti­ate with the San­dals Re­sort In­ter­na­tional (SRI) to build two ho­tels in Tobago.

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Keith Row­ley told re­porters that he is cer­tain that the Trinidad and Tobago tourism prod­uct would ben­e­fit sig­nif­i­cantly from the in­vest­ment to be made by San­dals as had been the case for other Caribbean is­lands like An­tigua and Bar­buda, Ja­maica, Bar­ba­dos and Saint Lu­cia where the SRI has a pres­ence.

“We have vir­tu­ally, by in­vi­ta­tion, asked the San­dals Group to bring their la­bel to Tobago be­cause we are con­fi­dent that a Caribbean la­bel of in­ter­na­tional standard with world­wide ac­cep­tance which ex­ists as a ma­jor part of the tourism thrust in the Ba­hamas, in An­tigua, in Bar­ba­dos in Ja­maica, in Saint Lu­cia and Gre­nada, that that la­bel could bring sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits to our tourism po­ten­tial in Tobago,” he said.

Row­ley said that Cab­i­net had re­ceived pre­sen­ta­tions “as to what is pos­si­ble af­ter cer­tain site se­lec­tion ex­er­cises were done”.

Trinidad and Tobago’s prime min­is­ter Dr. Keith Row­ley.

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