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Tobago Chamber: Virgin withdrawal ‘serious and ominous’
The Tobago Division of the T&T Chamber of Industry and Commerce says the decision by Virgin Atlantic Airlines to stop flying to Tobago is a “very serious and ominous development” for the island
“While we understand that the THA has signed contracts with both British Airways and Monarch Airlines to provide additional flights to Tobago for the winter season, the fact remains that the ANR International Airport suffers from poor infrastructure and the room stock in Tobago remains woefully inadequate in terms of room count and standard, and with no comprehensive plan for the way forward in both these areas.
We question the sustainability of these additional flights, if these issues are not resolved,” the Division said in a media statement yesterday.
The group called for implementation of the Tourism Development Fund, which requires the efforts of the Central Government, THA, the banks and the businesses to ensure its success. The Division does not believe the Government is paying adequate attention to Tobago’s tourism product, which remains the island’s economic mainstay.