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Tobago arrivals to reach 1 million

Visitor arrivals to Tobago continue to rise and were expected to cross the one million mark for the first time in history, according to the THA Airlift Committee headed by former Tourism and Transportation Secretary Neil Wilson.

Wilson who is now senior adviser in the Division of Tourism and Transportation disclosed in a report to Chief Secretary of Tobago Orville London that as of March 23 total arrivals increased by over 14 per cent. In 2011 the arrivals amounted to 939,019. He explained that with a seven per cent overall increase in 2012, for the first time in history, arrivals to Tobago should exceed more than one million passengers.

Wilson said for the second consecutive month in 2012, Tobago's visitor arrival figures; both domestic and international have shown marked increases over the same period in 2011.

Arrivals by the inter-island ferry service in January 2011 amounted to 33,530 and in 2012 arrivals were 34,530, an increase of 4.4 per cent while on the air-bridge arrivals in January 2011 were 24,423 as against 27,185 in 2012, an increase of 11.3 per cent.

In February 2011 there were 32,689 passengers using the ferry service to Tobago, while in 2012 there were 38,879 users, an increase of 19 per cent. A total of 22,290 passengers used the air bridge in February 2011 and in 2012 that figure went up to 28,173, an increase of 26.4 per cent.

Wilson said international arrivals in January 2011 were 3,095 and in 2012 there was an increase of 3.7 per cent to reach 3,209; in February 2011 international arrivals stood at 3,476, while there was an increase of 24.3 per cent to 4,321 in 2012.

He noted that even the vehicles carried by the ferry from Trinidad increased in January and February as compared to the corresponding months in 2011. The increases were 1.5 per cent in 2011 and 11.5 per cent in February 2012.

Chief Secretary London described the increase in visitor arrivals as an "encouraging trend" and said there was a level of hope that things were improving. He added that the increased bookings as a result of the Tourism Division's "Go Go" campaign had shown a marked improvement and he remained "cautiously optimistic" for the future.

London said there was nothing to celebrate but hopefully there was not all doom and gloom in Tobago's tourism sector.

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Anonymous said on Sunday, Apr 22 at 7:48 AM

There you go,when you gamble ,you have to understand when to go and when to hold.Tobagonians has just beign going going going without,knowing how to play the game.Too much blind trust.And too little concern for oits own citizens,hopefully they would have learned their lesson.Invest in the people of Tobago..

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The Truth said on Sunday, Apr 22 at 4:12 AM

Certain that overall arrivals are over 1 million and if you continue to include the local populations of t'nt,they will continue to rise,with'double counting'.The very serious problem here is that international visitor numbers are falling like a stone and these are the very people that make a huge difference to the local economy of Tobago

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Anonymous said on Saturday, Apr 21 at 8:05 AM

ha ha ha razzle dazzle you are truly fuuny.Sometimes you make me laugh so much,even when you keep changing your name,that i think i am begginning to enjoy your company,i dont know if its because you make me laugh,our because i think you are utterly stupid that i laugh.either way i laugh,as you named yourself as promise in one blog,i promise you that i would keep on laughing.

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Anonymous said on Thursday, Apr 19 at 11:44 AM

RAZZLE DAZZLE YOU TRULY ARE.....

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Anonymous said on Wednesday, Apr 18 at 7:45 PM

Visited T'dad last Easter from the U.s.we had a head on collision while we were parked,the driver was a nineteen year old with with no drivers licence.I had severe chest pains upon impact.No police came to the seen of the accident, an the ambulance took the wrong route to the hospital.All they did at the hospital was take a chest x-ray and sent me home. The Doctor that I saw in Arime a few days later due to the chest pain gave me pain meds. sent me home to suffer. Back in the U.S.the Doctors discovered a blood clot and a torn pericardium. Trinidad drivers are the worst in the world.Dont wast your time to call the police.God Bless the Sabga Family Thank God I lived

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Anonymous said on Monday, Apr 16 at 3:10 PM

hope he ent doing de stats for election time and give de PNM false hope....guess de man have to justify he salary...

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Anonymous said on Monday, Apr 16 at 3:07 PM

yippee....I am apart of de million count....good thing I went trini to shop....it counted for something....other than maxing out mi credit card....

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Anonymous said on Sunday, Apr 15 at 8:39 AM

Yes i do agree that religion and politics should not mix,simply because religion is based on rules and regulations,which should not be applied to everyone,but if God is applied to Politics we would make fair and nonjudgemental policies ,which benefits a much larger sector of the community.And as politics we should expect that citizens live with a fair and just conscience towards each other.

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Respect said on Sunday, Apr 15 at 4:26 AM

Respect to all people's believes, but I just think religion and politics should not mix

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Sorry said on Sunday, Apr 15 at 4:22 AM

It was a kind of rude joke, begging your pardon. I just Couldnt help it....my Bad

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Anonymous said on Saturday, Apr 14 at 3:58 PM

God can you please clarify as to why i am a christian extremist.

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Anonymous said on Saturday, Apr 14 at 10:52 AM

gOOD i DEA CLOSE THE COUNTRY NOT ALLOW ANYONE IN UNLESS APPROVED, INTERVIEW EVERY MAN WOMAN AND CHILD OVER 16, GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THE ATTACKS AND UNSOLVED CRIMES,FULFILL ALL PROMISES OF A BETTER TOBAGO.

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God said on Saturday, Apr 14 at 8:35 AM

Bloody christian extremists....lol and all other extremists as well

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Anonymous said on Saturday, Apr 14 at 6:11 AM

The GOD we serve is a loving and forgiving God.hE HAS NOT TURN his back away from Tobago..He would see us through ,whatever is needed to serve him..We need to stop pinning away at the tourist dollars,and then we would start healing as a nation,and start fixing the things which needs our immediate focus.We need to close the country awhile from outsiders,while we prepare each other for the rebirth of a new beggining.

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Anonymous said on Friday, Apr 13 at 9:38 PM

Tobago shouts of its love of God, he has neglected to teach his compassion for his fellow man, he has turned his face away when cruelty is shown ,tobago is a lost cause

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Anonymous said on Friday, Apr 13 at 3:31 PM

To have a relationship with GOD is not a religion..It is a genine calm,peaceful,internal experience..It is beign in contact with a higher universal,holy power,who reveals itself in an untainted,clean,poor,everlasting,living entity..Unless this entity is manifested within the internal beign,you would never be sure of GODS existance..So GOD is not a religion.

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Anonymous said on Friday, Apr 13 at 9:29 AM

Sorry Tobago religion will not hide your sins, there is no god for tobagans, ,look at the Easter killings, you are all one people.

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Anonymous said on Friday, Apr 13 at 3:35 AM

tHE BIBLE was inspired by a higher spirit,which was meant to be read in a higher spirit..Unfortunately,we humans has read it in the natural sense and have missinterpreted its meanings,because we read it with the natural eyes...But to die is an internal experience,for every individual,as well as to live is internal...When you are happy its an internal experience ,which manifest itself in the natural..Thats God.

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God said on Friday, Apr 13 at 2:24 AM

God as such is a human Invention, the bible was written by humans. The real spiritual energy of this universe is not even closely grasped by us..... Keep referring to the bible and enjoy your brainwashed conscience.......by the way the Vedes and Upanishads and the Quran and so on were also man made. No disrespect

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Anonymous said on Thursday, Apr 12 at 7:32 PM

For GOD so loved the world that he gave his only beggotten son,that whosoever believeth in him should have everlasting life...Tobago God loves you.

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monkey see monkey do said on Thursday, Apr 12 at 7:19 PM

TOBAGO NO GO

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James Franks said on Thursday, Apr 12 at 5:50 PM

Tobago?? James Franks says 'NO THANKS'!!

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Anonymous said on Thursday, Apr 12 at 11:53 AM

answer to 9:22, you failed to mention the low life who burnt down a furniture store during the London riots, he got 11 years, what coloir was he, take a guess , I hope he is deported from UK at the finish of his sentence, as for you moron there is no hope.

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Anonymous said on Thursday, Apr 12 at 9:22 AM

I know of schools in Europe,which are vandalised by Swedish children but never make the news..But if it is one foreigner,it makes the news big time..I know of police in Europe brutalising people,but never makes the news..I know of starving people,beign taken advantage of but never makes the news...Whats new.

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DeSuperwoman said on Thursday, Apr 12 at 8:46 AM

Just to clear up a misunderstanding..the crimes against myself and my friends were reported to the police who did not catch the criminals..I meant they were not reported in the press. There are probably other attacks also not reported in the press. One time we were attaced and my husband fought them off with his cutlass. When the police came they said "Well it's just coming up for Christmas and people need money." True

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Anonymous said on Thursday, Apr 12 at 8:22 AM

answer to de superwoman, sorry to hear of your attack, if this event is true you should report it ,if only for the number of attacks taking place,I had friends who experienced the brutality of tobago they never survived, you were lucky as were your friends,I will never set foot on tobago again, I spread the word of the violence as do many , crime must be addressed and these animals sentenced ,or taken care of the island way

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De Superwoman said on Thursday, Apr 12 at 4:56 AM

Why do Tobagonians seek to blame all the atrocities committed in Tobago to Trinis or Guyanese. Are they so naive that they do not know that most of the perpetrators come from villages such as Mount Pleasant, Lambeau, Bethel,etc. These criminals watch victims houses and the people in them for a while and then attack them. I was attacked by a coward with a 6 inch knife in my yard. My friends who lived close by were tied up planassed with cutlasses,threatened with rape and had eggs forced in their mouths to stop them from crying out. These are only 2 of the unreported crimes. The police seemed somewhat disinterested. We know that local people and maybe eve the police know who these local criminals are but choose to leave them alone maybe out of fear or because of friends and family. TOBAGO IS BEAUTIFUL BUT THE PEOPLE ARE HOSTILE AND UNFRIENDLY AND JUST WANT TOURIST DOLLARS. THE ISLAND IS NOT SAFE AND TOURISTS TAKE A BIG RISK IF THEY VISIT THERE.

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D Rat said on Wednesday, Apr 11 at 4:22 PM

de trap is set , herr lip , d mouse is in my trap,

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Anonymous said on Wednesday, Apr 11 at 3:29 PM

Hi my German frau

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Anonymous said on Wednesday, Apr 11 at 2:14 PM

Standard reply siting the UK as somewhere else that has crime. I would have thought you are running out of buckets of sand to put you heads in by now. Tobago hides its violent society from the world in the quest and greed for tourism. Thankfully there is a WEB site in Euro that publishes your crime rate. WE read of murders in Tobago that is listed as "Not ours as they were from Trinidad. Rediculous. Next time you site the UK as a defence we will say there has been no murders this year on the Isle of Skye. Thank goodness there are educated people on Tobago who do not agree with you system of reckoning We have a availability to check your crime rates in Europe. Now Venezuela is kicking of in the violence stakes they will be your next excuse. wake up you live in the internet world now.Stay away from these dangerous islands.Certanly do not take the kids there. Check out last child murder. You should be boycotted for that crime alone

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RJ said on Wednesday, Apr 11 at 1:54 PM

It appears that all this accelerated criminal activity only started when the THA allowed people from all over the carribean to come to Tobago and squat. As a result may illegals are hiding and commiting criminal offences. This is then blamed on Tobagonians. We need to regularise the squatters, and have a true census of who is who, to help to clean up our country. As for Tourism we need to appropriate the funds in the right areas. This can be in the areas of infrastructure development, Events promotion and advertisement ect.

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Commentator said on Wednesday, Apr 11 at 12:24 PM

How many Tobagoninans travel from their home to Trinidad and back? I guess these are counted as "visitors". HARDLEY! It is about time the THA counted properly and looked at proper visitors and not people who live in Tobago travelling between the 2 islands - would give a true picture of how many visitors Tobago actually gets - Re Anonymous' comments re murders over Holy week - these happened in Trinidad and NOT Tobago (the perception is that Tobago is not safe when in fact it is and most visits pass by incident free - this is not helped when crime figures are reported as Trinidad and Tobago rather than Trinidad) in fact last year the rate of murders in Tobago fell by more than 50% to just 4 in 2011 - about the average of a large town in England with a population of 55,000. None of them involved tourists.

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Long Mango said on Wednesday, Apr 11 at 11:01 AM

Imagine that this Mr,Niel Wilson who is been paid in us$,could provide such simplistic information without any indebt analysis,so a fifth form student who is doing a SBA project on tourism in Tobago we all will accept the information, but not from a man who was given a Job as an a senior advisor,and in this regard a professional approach is required and not a party line appointment but some one who possesses a high level of expertise.So Mr Wilson here are a few questions for you,how did you know the difference between Tobagonians who traveled to Trinidad on a one or two day visit,how many are students coming home for a few days,how did that increase arrival impact the Hotel and Guest House occupancy rate,how did the Taxi drivers benefit and what is the comparison of international arrivals for a same period over the past five years.So reporting a big number may not have add value to the Tobago economy but that information is meant to mislead ,misdirect and misinform Tobagonians.

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Anonymous said on Wednesday, Apr 11 at 10:11 AM

What was Tobagonians doing before tourismn,ejoying life to the fullest..Enjoying a family united community..our mothers cooked the best food in the world..we ate and then licked our plates,how delicious are those days..some of us ran to the beaches and played all day,roasted fishes on the beach.we could hear the fisherman ,blowing his sea shell,this was truly a sight to see..i remember chocolate tea and freshly baked bread,with melted cheese in the middle..roasted breadfruit,and saltfish with tomatoes,onions and a dash of lime.. All the neighbours gather around,laughing ,talking,having some good old fun..This is our island Tobago,under the sun.

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Anonymous said on Wednesday, Apr 11 at 5:39 AM

10 murders in 5 days plus a innocent child sexually tortured to death. Don't waste your money advertising your satanic islands in Europe, we will not visit

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the virginian said on Tuesday, Apr 10 at 7:19 PM

Trinidad&Tobago,Tobago in particular,would be safe but only when residents actively participate in this effort and cease and desist from harboring and giving safe passage and sanctuary to criminal elements and petty thieves.When the people rise up and join forces with the police and demand more of them,there's living proof of the positive results.NYC was once one labelled one of the most dangerous big cities in the US,it's currently about the safest.We can't eradicate all crime,that's obvious,but it could be dampened and controlled,reasonably. I see where your Police Commissioner and his Deputy are harnessing 21st century crime-fighting tactics in Trinidad.So far,all indications are that,though this effort is in the embryonic stages,it's making a difference which Tobago will share.

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Anonymous said on Tuesday, Apr 10 at 4:47 PM

When will these cursed isands be swallowed up, not fit for man or beast,

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Anonymous said on Tuesday, Apr 10 at 4:40 PM

Nerve gas may help

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TG said on Tuesday, Apr 10 at 2:49 PM

A countries record on crime is only as good as its police force is in catching criminals and crime prevention. Tobago is such a beautiful island, one of the most beautiful in the whole caribbean, it wouldn't take much to make Tobago very safe, it's strange why the Government can't seem to make that happen.

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Realistic said on Tuesday, Apr 10 at 11:30 AM

The news of barbaric attacks just gets worse and worse with each passing day.This latest attack ,a dispicable crime on a young child just highlights everything that is wrong with these crime infested Islands,which should carry a warning to all visitors on arrival'These Islands are not safe and you visit at your own risk'

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meadow of the kings said on Tuesday, Apr 10 at 7:38 AM

I can only presume, tnts god was on a long holiday ,the savage creatures who inhabit this place are free to kill pillage , even the very innocent are not safe, what more do visitors to this filthy place need to hear, best stay away

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Anonymous said on Tuesday, Apr 10 at 5:44 AM

A two year old child sexually abused to death and five murders in T&T all over the Holy weekend. Any comments

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Bingo said on Monday, Apr 9 at 2:11 PM

Tobago is dying , due to lack of compassion and care for their fellow man regardless of colour,,I will never visit again,

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Anonymous said on Monday, Apr 9 at 9:13 AM

stop making fools of your selves and tobago,million visitors , dont make me laugh , you are not going to boost tourism , people who have visited and been hurt in some way large and small, talk of their experience, for sure many of my friends are not returning ,the stench of death is very strong on tobago

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Anonymous said on Monday, Apr 9 at 9:07 AM

crime is every where, but you miss the point, people who write on this blog have been attacked on your Isle, so of course their anger is toward a people who harbor the killers , know who they are and still do nothing, the crime in civilised countries are solved some early some later, but the quest for justice never stops , in the caribbean it never starts,can any one name a culprit of a henious crime against a white who has been sentenced ? google your murder rate , you blame the trinis , , most of them are from tobago, this Easter many have flocked back to tobago, how many of them are hiding murderers , even the last attack on a young German family, thank God no one hurt, that took days to get in the news , as a people you know you are guilty ,many will stay away, most will never visit again, as one blog stated we talk about safety and advise our Country men NOT to visit, it is working , you say you do not need tourism, good for you will not get any, give up your criminals,

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RJ said on Monday, Apr 9 at 8:44 AM

MR WILSON HOW MUCH DO YOU GET PAID AS AN ADVISER??? PLEASE GIVE ME THAT JOB FREE OF CHARGE AND I THINK THAT I WILL DO A BETTER JOB FREE OF CHARGE!!! WE NEED ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY. HOW MANY PEOPLE TRAVEL FREELY EACH YEAR TO PROMOTE T&T??WHAT HAS THE RESULTS BEEN??? HOW MANY INTERNATIONAL NEWSMEDIA HAVE YOU RECOMMENDED FOR TOBAGO TO BE ADVERTISED IN?? WHAT PACKAGE FOR TOBAGO HAVE YOU ADVISED TO BE PUT TOGETHER, ect???? These are some of the questions we need answers for.hOW MANY SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN VISITED TO PROMOTE TOURISM, WHAT COMPETIONS CAN BE ENCOURAGED AMONG VILLAGES. AND FOR THE HATERS OF TOBAGO, PLEASE KNOW THAT TOURISM WILL FLOURISH REGARDLESS OF WHAT YOU MAY SAY. CRIMEIS EVERYWHERE. I saw in Florida last week two British tourist were killed, also in Syris there is grave atrocities and in Califonia mass murders at a Uni, in France a terroist killed so many people. Everywhere has criminal activities, so please try and be honest about tobago.

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Tom-Cat said on Monday, Apr 9 at 3:23 AM

Tale of crime and tourism is not telling the whole story. I know who this person is from their comment, but they won't like to write about them here. Tale of crime and tourism is one of those who are out to bad talk Tobagonains. Tlak what Tobago can do to better the system, dont come here every week and talk what comes out in the toilet. Get a life..

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Anonymous said on Monday, Apr 9 at 3:22 AM

Tale of crime and tourism is not telling the whole story. I know who this person is from their comment, but they won't like to write about them here. Tale of crime and tourism is one of those who are out to bad talk Tobagonains. Tlak what Tobago can do to better the system, dont come here every week and talk what comes out in the toilet.

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concern citizen said on Sunday, Apr 8 at 11:50 PM

We could have hit the million years ago. We still need to do more and a better job of improving our facilities, systems, mostly attitude, customer services and we can realise our profits and increase numbers in a flash. How about a proper golf tournament or even upgrade facilities to host the champsionship PGA tour.....$$$$ in profit to be had.

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Anonymous said on Sunday, Apr 8 at 9:42 PM

To 'Tale of crime and tourism' so sorry you had a bad experience in Tobago. You are so right crimes haappen ever where. Yes, the may be a few sick,mentally ill people in Tobago and other parts of the world. I am sure law enforcement in Tobago is doing every thing possible to protect the people of Tobago and oh yes the tourist/visitors. I am sure that crimes committed in Tobago is not as henous as being in a ship without basic human needs. So those as for those people on that cruise ship you are talking about,they are getting more that their basic needs met. People will always visit Tobago and there is nothing you can do about it. If you choose not to come back then that ok too. The maajority of Tobagonians are good people and comments like the 1 you posted just makes me believe that you are ignorant. The maajority of Tobagonians are intelligent and will not allow some foreigner to manipulate them anymore. For years,some tourist came to the island not to enjoy, for evil selfish purposes

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Ing said on Sunday, Apr 8 at 9:21 PM

To "Tale of crime and tourism" so sorry that you had a bad experirnce in Tobago. You are right crime is every where even in the developed counties. Horrible crimes are committed daily in US,Englad and other parts of the world. The majority of Tobagonian including myself are decent God fearing people. You are so incorrect to judge a island or country by a few sick people wrongful deeds. Now,I don't know where you are from, but I know your birth place has some things that others find offensive, so lets' judge and blame you and your entire country for those crimes.

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Anonymous said on Sunday, Apr 8 at 9:21 AM

Nick hardwicks family have had first hand knowledge of crime on what tobagans say this beautiful isle, what happened to that low life criminal?hope Mum and Dad are well .

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James Franks said on Saturday, Apr 7 at 9:37 AM

Well said Realistic and Tales of crime and tourism.Tobago ? James Franks says 'NO THANKS'!!

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Tale of crime and tourism said on Saturday, Apr 7 at 9:14 AM

You will never be free from the crime references until you recognize the damage you have done , how can you expect to look innocent in the eyes of potential visitors or world travellers ,of course crime happens every where, the crime in Tobago holds a much more sinister motive than else where, why bury a man alive in his own garden , why assault seniors the Olsens and the couple in Bacolet ,why rapes go un solved in beach areas, no people of tobago memories are long forgiveness is not a option , face up to what has taken place, point fingers at the criminals not the victims , you will be plaqued by these crime for eternity .I see many people who will not visit your shores ever again, also cruise ships where most passengers refuse to walk your streets, give up your crimnal mentality , you will not prosper until you do,

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Dollar Bill said on Saturday, Apr 7 at 8:35 AM

Nick Hardwicke is realistic with the tourism numbers that count for dollars and cents for Tobago. Cruise ship numbers are a farce as not everyone gets off the boat to wallow in sweat as they walk through lovely Scarborough. Mr. Wilson is still the magician creating the illusion of high tourism for Tobago. It is true that the some of the flights to Tobago recently have had people get off rather than carry on to Grenada or other destinations. The Magdalena might be a draw for some tourists, but sorry for them they do not experience the real Tobago which THA and THTa surely do not promote. Education, Hospitality training, a real hospital will be the factors if tourism is to rise. Crime happens everywhere and the tourists must not check their brains at the airport before coming on island. Steady as she goes, get a CEPEP subsidized pay for hotel workers so they feel better about going to work and deal with foreigners, maybe then they may smile once in a while... Lets Go Tobago !

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Anonymous said on Saturday, Apr 7 at 6:48 AM

rEGARDLESS if tourismn is falling our rising,should play very little importance,in the lifes of the people. THe focus should be directed on building the countries local resources,for the benefit of the people. When this is accomplished ,i assure you that many a curious eyse would travel to see such high level of intelligent empathy. You would even find tourist bringing their children to grow up in this new found freedom. So Tobago stay focus,ride out the waves wisely,and watch as they flock from all over the world to be apart of you.

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Tom-Cat said on Saturday, Apr 7 at 6:11 AM

Why some of al yu people keep mixing crime in Tobago and Tourism? Crime will happened where ever you go. There are many Trinbagonains visiting and living overseas. Many of them get attack from locals in those countries as well. Do we hear it on the news? Not all the time. So I dont see the foot why you all keep going on about crime in Tobago. Just stay in your so-cal crime free countries or visit crime free places.. Which I know you can never find in this world. Even if Tobago big or small, it can never be crime free. Foot man! It have some of you bloggers you just love to come this Tobago News to wash all yu unclean mouth about Tobago. Stay in all yu crime free country, we didnt send and call all yu. All yu getting mih on mih high horse now..

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Realistic said on Saturday, Apr 7 at 4:04 AM

Such poor international arrivals over the season surely confirm that tourism is all but dead in Tobago.A series of dreadful murders,attacks over the last few years,many of which remain unsolved show the world that Tobago is no longer safe for the tourist.Instead,the criminal element from Trinidad continue to flood the Island causing further mayhem and adding nothing to the local economy. The future looks very bleak.

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Traveller said on Friday, Apr 6 at 5:51 PM

The Chairman of Tobago Hotel & Tourism Association Nick Hardwick was on Tobago Channel5 this morning and he strongly disputes Neil Wilsons figures. What they have done is add together every arrival by cruise ship, ferry or flight. So it means that Tobagonians who travel to Trinidad for a day's shopping on the fast ferry are counted as an arrival when they return, as are passengers on the airbridge. Hardwick says the true figures for international arrivals is more like 90,000 for the year.

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the virginian said on Friday, Apr 6 at 2:36 PM

I've read all the comments and did overlook Al's observation concerning 'arrivals'to Tobago.I think his position is well taken and if he's correct,and I have no credible reasons to dispute him,then for the sake of measuring tourism,the numbers as presented are not only inflated,but misleading and meaningless.Perhaps Mr.Wilson might want to tell us if,or how,he accounted for this anomaly in his stats.

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De Superwoman said on Friday, Apr 6 at 11:00 AM

Statistics are manipulated by politicians all over the world. Percentages are only useful when comparing like for like. For instance 10% of 100 is 10 and 10% of 1,000 is 100. So it all depends what level you start from. I think all the contributers have shown good insight into what the figures really mean..not necessarily tourists being counted and double counting

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Anonymous said on Friday, Apr 6 at 10:47 AM

They counting the same person over and over.

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the virginian said on Friday, Apr 6 at 9:26 AM

Perhaps the Wilson's stats are accurate.If so,they bode well for Tobago and that's good but,nevertheless,could they be independently and reliably corroborated?Experience has taught that,often,data put forth by or on behalf of a government body to directly or indirectly promote that body's perceived achievements or to cause it to be viewed favorably should at least be questionable until reliably verified.Remember,there're three types of lies,viz;lies,darn lies and statistics.

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Al said on Friday, Apr 6 at 8:42 AM

Notice the statement is about arrivals not tourist. Everytine I board a plane or a boat to Tobago I am an arrival. If I do it ten times a year that is ten arrivals. The question is do we want to know about arrivals, because every person that lives in Tobago and goes to Trinidad becomes an arrival when they return home.

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Anonymous said on Friday, Apr 6 at 8:14 AM

Your right re comments, unless they are favored by this selsctive paper, ony the weak one are published, we shall he heard,

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Tom-Cat said on Friday, Apr 6 at 2:06 AM

Why these THA people are fooling people? All those big numbers they have on top here, we have no proof to that. Tobago is a NO NO, not a GO GO. It cost too much to travel to Tobago from anywhere. Right now you look for a flight from Europe to Tobago, It cost about 5000TT , only flight. Tobago tourism will be a Go-Slow for a longtime to come. All this money the THA wasting on marking Tobago over sea, its better they put some in local tourism, educate people in the tourism sector and also develop the sector better as well, such the beaches and things to do on the island. Tourism is not about beaches. People want to do something when they go on holiday. Look let me stop here before ah say too much. Because it doesn't matter how much comments we put here, things would never change. At the end of the day, the people who are heading the tourism sectors in the THA try and get as much to go home with at the end of the day. Blogger TOBAGONAIN IN EUROPE email me. caribbeanpp@googlemail.com

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