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Setbacks for Tobago Tourism expected to continue into 2011

  • 06-Jan-11 09:25
  • Tobago
  • Trinidad Express News

As 2010 reaches an end it looks like the turbulent months will be continuing into the New Year for Tobago tourism as the Caribbean country sees a decline in visitors booking Tobago holidays after a series of political issues and weather restrictions.

Setbacks for Tobago Tourism expected to continue into 2011

During a period where it should be looking forward to an influx of tourists enjoying Caribbean holidays and a boost to the economy, Tobago tourism looks like it is set to suffer from the impact of a series of unfortunate events well into the New Year.

In 2010, the Caribbean island has seen several problems arise including a severe shortage of buses on the roads because two thirds of them are standing idle in repair shops. The lack of public transport available has led to local residents hurling abuse at the bus drivers who are operating the only working vehicles.

The Caribbean island is also reported to have had the lowest occupancy levels across Tobago hotels in over 30 years with a sever lack of tourists booking Tobago holidays.

Another recent problem which has added to the downturn in tourism is the sever weather affecting the northern hemisphere.

Travellers from Europe and North America have been unable to reach the island after severe snow and ice has kept many planes grounded leaving thousands of tourists unable to head off on their sunshine escapes.

The recent increase in the UK's airline-travel taxes has also contributed to Tobago's misfortune, as airline tickets are unable to be as competitive as neighbouring Caribbean destinations.

Bad publicity caused by an attack on a British couple at their home in Bacolet in 2009 is still having an effect on the country's image and reputation. The couple have yet to receive the compensation they were promised and the treatment they received in hospitals and by the local police has led to mistrust amongst foreign visitors.

Despite being closely linked with neighbouring island Trinidad, the inadequacies of air and sea travel between the two islands is also causing problems for visitors from Trinidad who are interested in travelling to the nearby island.

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