The United Progressive Party (UPP) today called for the resignation of Tourism Minister Asot Michael in light of continued bad news for the tourism sector.
The latest statistics for the month of July show a 10% decline across all markets, indicating that the projected arrivals for the 60th anniversary of carnival did not meet expectations.
In a statement, the UPP says it is “extremely concerned” about what it called “this unprecedented decline in tourism arrivals” for successive months in 2017.
“The UPP feels strongly that Michael must be held to task for his failure to find remedial solutions and strategies to reverse this negative trend in tourism activity and his failure to address the ongoing deterioration of our most important sector,” the statement added.
According to the UPP, the Tourism Minister did not fully capitalise on the opportunities to stimulate the economy during our Carnival celebrations.
UPP leader Harold Lovell said “this was a missed opportunity to stimulate the economy, as the government had an entire year to plan and promote this milestone celebration.
A major decline of 2,435 visitors, year on year, during the month of July, in a landmark year, is clear evidence that the ABLP administration has failed the people.”
Lovell further added, “Carnival was not properly promoted in our major source markets and there was a lack of coordination between the Festivals Commission and the ABTA.
The UPP argues that the Carnival budget was approved very late and there were some desperate, last minute attempts to promote our 60th Anniversary of Carnival in Trinidad, a few short weeks before the start of the festival.
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