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Caribbean Airlines denies claims that it's not doing enough to promote Tobago holidays

  • 13-Mar-12 15:59
  • Tobago
  • Caribbean News Digital

Caribbean Airlines have released a statement denying claims made by chief secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Orville London that the state owned airline is not doing enough to help boost the number of people who book Tobago holidays.

Caribbean Airlines denies claims that it's not doing enough to promote Tobago holidays

Caribbean Airlines (CAL) the national carrier for the twin island Caribbean state of Trinidad and Tobago has resorted to taking out a full page advertisement to defend itself against criticism from the Tobago House of Assembly’s (THA) chief secretary Orville London. Mr London has accused the airline of not doing enough to boost tourism to Tobago, the smaller of the twin islands, stating that the airline was “not supportive” and “not being cooperative as it should have been or could have been in assisting Tobago in being a more formidable presence in the international tourism market”.

The airline which is currently the leading provider of flights to Tobago to and from Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport sought to defend itself against Mr London’s claims with the paid advertisement stating in part, “Caribbean Airlines continues to provide a reliable service on the air bridge [between Tobago and Trinidad]…Caribbean Airlines is committed to providing the support, however, this must be done in a structured manner, incrementally and profitably in order to have a sustainable operation. We are committed to the process and wish to state that the THA continues to put the airline in a negative light over the years”

 Serenity, Pigeon Point, Tobago
Image by: montaga, on Flickr

According to the statement from the embattled airline, CAL has shown its commitment to connecting the two islands offering 22 daily affordable Tobago flights which serve to make Tobago holidays easily accessible for international travellers landing in Trinidad. The advertisement supported the airline’s claims of improved connectivity between the islands referencing statistics which showed that the number of passengers transported between the sister islands in 2011 grew by 3 per cent when compared to the previous year with 680000 passengers in 2011 versus 660000 in 2010. The airline also noted the recent addition of a “red-eye” service to Trinidad ensured that visitors on their holidays in Tobago would not have to compromise on ease of access to key international flights via the airlines’ main hub in Piarco Airport, Trinidad.

 Englishman's Bay, Tobago
Image by: colinjcampbell, on Flickr

Caribbean Airlines also took the opportunity to underscore the fact that it has historically shown support for key tourism events in Tobago. CAL has increased its services between the two islands during peak seasons and key events including the popular Tobago Jazz Festival, Great Race weekend as well as Easter weekend - one of the most popular times to book Tobago holidays with the pristine white sandy beaches of Pigeon Point and Store Bay proving to be a favourite spot for travellers to unwind after the hectic Trinidad Carnival season.

Mr London is yet to comment on CAL’s attempt to respond to his criticism.

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