In T&T: No tourism fallout

29 November 2011

Griffith says assassination plot has no impact. I’d say the issue of travel watches is impact enough!

The alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and three Government Ministers has had no impact on the tourism of this country, says Tourism Minister Rupert Griffith.

“There has been no impact at all. I checked with all the hotels and the anticipated bookings are there, the hotels are reporting high occupancy for Carnival and that has not changed,” Griffith said.

He was speaking to the Express yesterday at the Hyatt Regency hotel, where he distributed letters of appointment to the Cabinet-appointed advisory committee on heritage tourism.

Griffith noted that advisories have been issued by countries such as Australia and the United Kingdom, warning visitors that this country is under a state of emergency.

He said the format of these advisories has not changed, but the alleged plot to assassinate the Prime Minister was added.

“It wasn’t totally negative, it just warned people to be careful because of an attempted assassination on the Prime Minister,” said Griffith.

Griffith said he thanks God the plot was unearthed in time.

“Thank God that they found out and stopped it and everything is now under control. We are going about our lives as normal without any fear and we are going about the business of the people,” Griffith said.

“I think we are making much ado about that, there has been no significant change, the people are coming, as a matter of fact we have an increase of the docking of the cruise ships in Tobago,” Griffith added.

Kevin Kenny, vice-president of the Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association, told the Express it was too early to determine if there is any negative impact from the international coverage of the assassination plot.

“I don’t think there is anything noticeable at this point in time but all bad news that deals with crime has had a negative impact….I am quite sure it certainly will not help matters,” said Kenny.


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