Trinidad and Tobago’s Tourism Development Company to Be Dissolved

Shamfa Cudjoe, minister of tourism for Trinidad and Tobago, addresses media at the Caribbean Tourism Organization's State of the Industry Conference in Curacao back in 2015. // Photo by Joe Pike

Government officials in Trinidad and Tobago recently decided to begin plans to dissolve the Tourism Development Company, a decision that Tourism Minister Shamfa Cudjoe does not expect to be reversed, according to the Daily Express.

On March 9, Cudjoe announced the Cabinet had decided to dissolve the TDC and create two entities to market Trinidad and Tobago separately, according to the Daily Express.

According to the Guardian, the decision was made in light of the prime minister’s decision in March of last year to fully review the TDC. She said a regulatory authority will also be established to ensure basic standards are met by operators in the tourism industry, according to the Daily Express report.

The Daily Express is also reporting that, once dissolved, the Tourism Development Company’s 150 employees will be invited to apply for jobs for either of the two separate markets. They will also be able to seek employment in the regulatory authority which is also to be established to set basic standards for all tourism operators, according to the Daily Express report.

Cudjoe first entered the Parliament of Trinidad & Tobago as an opposition senator at the start of the 10th Republican Parliament in June of 2010. She has also served as a trade analyst in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) and represented the island at various consultations and negotiations on regional integration and international trade matters.

Home to the largest Carnival celebration in the Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago is the southernmost Caribbean nation located seven miles east off the Venezuelan coast.

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