Minister of Tourism Randall Mitchell has congratulated newly installed THA Secretary for Tourism, Culture and Transportation Ancil Dennis.
Last Thursday, Dennis, who also holds the post of chief secretary, replaced Nadine Stewart-Phillips who held the tourism portfolio since 2017.
In a press release, Mitchell congratulated Dennis while noting the tourism industry sits at a crossroad with the covid19 pandemic affecting tourism destinations around the world. He said TT was no exception.
“The Government of Trinidad and Tobago in recognising the challenges that confront the destination sought to not only improve the ease of access to product development incentives but also to develop a system of grants that together, will build the capacity of both islands in preparation for an expected resurgence in the tourism industry,” Mitchell said.
Mitchell said he is looking forward to working with Dennis in charting a course towards recovery, adding that as tourism agencies on both islands work to fulfil their respective mandates it is expected that the spirit of collaboration and resilience would bolster joint efforts towards building a successful tourism industry.
Mitchell said his ministry is renewing its commitment to build an even stronger relationship with the division of tourism, culture and transportation to propel the sector into a competitive position “that will see both islands complementing each other’s unique offerings to both the domestic and international markets.”
It noted that the ministry is cognisant of the significant strides that the island of Tobago would have made under the stewardship of Stewart-Phillips, in particular the successful rebranding through its Tobago Beyond campaign.