Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Kamla wants CAL to boost Tobago flights

A plan for the revival of the tourism sector in Tobago has come not only from the Tobago House of Assembly, but Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

Persad-Bissessar said on Monday she has already spoken to State carrier Caribbean Airlines towards improving the airbridge between Trinidad and Tobago.

She said while the service of United Kingdom-based Virgin Atlantic to Tobago was lost for this summer, there was a ray of hope on the horizon to revitalise the ailing tourism sector in the sister island.

"I have already spoken with Caribbean Airlines and we will see how we can pick up the slack, so the people of Tobago will not lose from this mismanagement of Mr (Orville) London," Persad- Bissessar said.

The Prime Minister was speaking at the Tobago Organisation of the People (TOP) political meeting at Mt Pleasant on Monday evening.

TOP leader Ashworth Jack said the only reason the tourism sector was staying financially afloat was because of domestic tourism from Trinidad.

"More than 85 per cent to 90 per cent of those visitors are of East Indian descent. Could you imagine if you take them boys' advice? The entire tourism industry in Tobago will grind to a halt," Jack said.

Also speaking at the meeting, Tobago West Representative Dr Delmon Baker said nurses at the Scarborough General Hospital had told him that the ICU unit at the facility was not operational.

In addition the gratuity for medical workers was still owed for last year.

"After $700 million plus $100 million, the hot water to bathe patients is still not functioning," Baker said.

Chief executive of the Tobago Regional Health Authority Paula Chester-Cumberbatch has said the kitchen facility is not operational now and food for patients is still being brought in from the Scarborough Regional Hospital daily.