In T&T: EU Tourism Award An ‘Incentive’

19 October 2011

The gift that keeps on giving…tourism award to spur more tourism according to Vice-President of the Trinidad and Tobago Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association

A new award for tourism given to Trinidad and Tobago was meant as an incentive to encourage tourism, vice-president of the Trinidad and Tobago Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association Kevin Kenny said yesterday.

An award luncheon to celebrate the country’s World’s Best Tourist Destination 2012 award will be held today at the Hyatt Regency (Trinidad) hotel in Port of Spain.

The event is being hosted by Tourism Minister Dr Rupert Griffith, following last Saturday’s award presentation to Griffith, by representatives of the European Council on Trade and Tourism (ECTT) .

Kenny told the Express in a phone interview yesterday that the award was an incentive. Explaining that private sector tourist boards throughout the EU come together in a bid to reward tourism promotion, Kenny said several things impacted on T&T being named the winner.

“The way we deal with culture and the methods used to encourage tourism in this country,” Kenny said, were just some of the criteria used to choose the country.

According to the ECTT’s website, the main objectives include “promoting non-EU countries as attractive and safe tourist destinations; assist non-EU national tourism organisations to exchange knowledge and work collaboratively; provide industry partners and other interested parties with easy access to research and statistics regarding outgoing tourism from the European Union”.

Budgeting for ECTT is financed by members’ contributions and with additional financial support for specific campaigns raised overseas.


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