The Tobago Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 75th year of operations in Tobago.
For decades it has lobbied for improvements in air and sea transport, tourism, security, commercial operations and other issues that impact upon our everyday lives. Chairman of the Tobago Division of the Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry & Commerce - David Wong who is the youngest ever Chairman in the history of the Chamber has brought a breath of fresh air to its operations in his first year at the helm.
He is concerned that the economic downturn over the last three years has impacted negatively on a number of businesses in Tobago.
He indicated: "Tobago is at a critical stage. There is lack of economic development in Tobago; there have been a series of foreclosures."
Many businessmen are unable to service their monthly commitments to their creditor financial institutions.
He agrees with Board Member Carlos Dillon that Tourism can be a main contributor to the stimulation of the local economy. For example, there are local producers of organic soaps and shampoos of a high standard which can be used in our hotels; there are also other facets of tourism as Sports Tourism, Medical Tourism, etc.
The Chamber continues to work assiduously for Tobago's development. It has planned a Gala Affair in the form of a Dinner and Dance to commemorate its seventy-fifth anniversary on March 31 at the Ballroom of the Tobago Nutrition Co-operative Society at Canaan.