Tobago House of Assembly’s (THA’s) Division of Tourism Culture and Transport launched its interactive museum tours which re-live a snapshot of Tobago’s colonial history against the backdrop of one of the island’s most breathtaking view.
The event took place at Fort King George recently, with scores of people being exposed to cultural historical facts, artefacts and live theatrical performances in various locations within the Fort including the well-preserved prison.
Speaking at the launch of the event, secretary for the Division Nadine Stewart-Phillips stated she was excited about the future of tourism in Tobago, especially with the addition of this new venture. “This focus on sustainable tourism is to emphasise the important role the industry plays in the economic, environmental and social development of a society. The interactive museum is designed to bring to life, key aspects of Tobago’s history in an entertaining and edifying manner that will add depth to the experience at this already popular site and capture the interest of visitors and residents alike.”
Secretary Stewart-Phillips reminded that the introduction of culture to the Division, formerly known only as the Division of Tourism and Transport was not done on a whim. She said, “Our unique selling point and key differentiator that can be claimed by no other island in the region is our well preserved, carefully curated heritage. Today signals a dawn of a new era in Tobago’s tourism industry, an era that streamlines and defines this island’s tourism product that is centred on our rich heritage.”
She said the launch of this new initiative indicates a shift towards a focus of experiential travel for visitors who are seeking a more meaningful travel experience. “As these experiences change, so too must be our approach as we tap into the ever expanding travel market.”
The tours are a walking experience that takes visitors through each historical building. Within each building, 18th century re-enactment of the British and French colonial rule is displayed in a dramatic play featuring slaves, soldiers, housemaids and plantation masters. The interactive tours are expected to be ready in time for the cruise ship season, at a fee that that will be announced in the upcoming months.