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Trinidad and Tobago appoints new tourism minister

Following the recent elections, a new Tourism Minister has been appointed for the twin island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Shamfa Cudjoe, originally from Tobago, has taken over the role that will involve developing initiatives to improve the local tourism industry and improve links between the two islands in the Caribbean.

Trinidad and Tobago appoints new tourism minister

Shamfa Cudjoe has been appointed as the new Tourism Minister for Trinidad and Tobago in the Caribbean.

The appointment follows the recent election and change of government for the tropical twin island nation.

Cudjoe, originally from Tobago, will be responsible for finding ways to improve transportation links between the two islands, and developing initiatives that will improve the local tourism industry.

Trinidad and Tobago is a country situated in the south Caribbean, 10km off the coast of Venezuela. Tobago is located 33km northeast of Trinidad, and both islands are popular tourist destinations.

The islands boast magnificent attractions including the natural coral reef of Buccoo Reef, Caroni Bird Sanctuary, the Emperor Valley Zoo, Botanical Gardens, and Fort George.

Holidaymakers can unwind on pristine palm-fringed beaches, hike up lush green mountains and rolling hills, explore the colourful coral reefs, and party at the vibrant annual carnivals such as Divali, the Hindu festival of lights and the Tobago heritage festival.

Popular activities that tourists can take part in include golf, snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing, hiking and horse riding.

The island nation was ranked as the happiest nation in the Caribbean by the United Nations' World Happiness Report, in 2013 and 2015, and Trinidad is known as the "cultural capital" of the Caribbean.

While Trinidad is the business hub of the nation, and home to plenty of thriving nature parks, rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and the Asa Wright Nature Centre, its sister island of Tobago is just 26 miles long and boasts small villages, secluded coves and beaches, and stunning eco-attractions such as the Main Ridge Rainforest, which is the oldest protected reserve in the western hemisphere.

Holidaymakers can cycle along the rugged Northern Range, take a tour of Fort George and learn about Tobago's colonial history, or relax and enjoy delicious food on Brian Lara Promenade.

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