July 07, 2016

  

Trinidad and Tobago celebrates successful 2015/16 cruise season

 

 Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe joined key stakeholders in the Trinidad and Tobago tourism industry to celebrate the end of a successful 2015/16 cruise season with the hosting of an assessment session and an award ceremony at the Cruise Ship Complex in Port-of-Spain on Wednesday, June 29.

 Also in attendance to celebrate the end of a productive season were Mr. Stephen Williams, Acting Commissioner of Police, Mrs Charmaine Lewis Acting General Manager at the Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, senior officials from the Ministry of Tourism and the Tourism Development Company as well as Heads of Tourism Stakeholder groups.

 During the feature address, Minister Cudjoe, applauded the hardworking members of the cruise team at the Tourism Development Company for their dedication and commitment to the development of the Trinidad and Tobago tourism product. Minister Cudjoe said “For the 2015-2016 cruise season, Trinidad received 30,493 cruise arrivals from 25 cruise ships while Tobago received 70,298 cruise passengers from 60, a total to the destination of 100,791 which represents an increase of 115 per cent over the cruise season of the previous year.”

 She continued “The last time, T&T had cruise passenger arrivals in excess of 100,000 was during the 2009/2010 cruise season.”

 Greer Assam, Cruise Specialist at the TDC explained “The end of season ceremony was held to celebrate the closing of Cruise Season 2015/16 and the efficient delivery of services from our cruise stakeholders.” Assam added “Despite the negative travel advisories from our major source markets-UK, England, USA and Europe, Trinidad can boast that for the 2015/16 season our visitors enjoyed a crime free experience in our beautiful country.”  

 Also addressing the audience was Mr. Warren Solomon, Acting Chief Executive Officer at the Tourism Development Company who highlighted two significant moments that defined the strength of the local cruise industry- the arrival of the World Odyssey with a group of over 700 students, teachers and crew members on the Semester at Sea Programme and the visit of the NYK Asuka II, a luxury Japanese cruise liner that arrived in Trinidad on the heels of a tragedy that shocked the cruise industry and indeed, many in the local community at the end of the Carnival season.

 Minister Cudjoe distributed awards to stakeholder groups who performed exceptionally well during the 2015/16 cruise season. Some of the organizations receiving awards included the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, The Trinidad and Tobago Pilots’ Association, Trinidad and Tobago Tourist Transport Service Association and the Port of Spain City Police service.

 The Tourism Development Company has set out to achieve the projected growth of at least 150,000 cruise passengers by 2020.