Tobagonians will be encouraged to seek inspiration from the natural beauty of the island and the vibrant spirit of its people in competitions for a theme song, photography and videography as part of Tobago’s Tourism Month celebrations. The competitions, hosted by the Division of Tourism and Transportation, will recognise the significance of Tobago’s tourism industry during its annual observance of Tobago Tourism Month from November 1-30, 2012.
According to a release from the division, Tourism Month will allow the Division to highlight the work that has been done to elevate the industry over the past year, as well as present various opportunities to raise public awareness of tourism’s importance to Tobagonians.
Under the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) theme of One Sea, One Voice, One Caribbean, aspects of this year’s celebration will focus primarily on nurturing an understanding of the Tourism sector and fostering an appreciation for an industry that has been the backbone of Tobago’s economy since the late 1950s.
Specifically targeting the island’s creative fraternity, The theme song competition requires entrants to submit a song that articulates a positive message about any aspect of Tobago’s tourism industry. The photography and videography competitions will challenge individuals to capture the essence of Tobago’s tourism product in several categories, including Scenery, People, Culture and “Islandness’.”
Winning entries will be featured in various productions and publications commissioned by the Division in its quest to promote Tobago as an ideal destination for international travellers. For those equally passionate about Tobago’s tourism product, but seeking more of a thrill, the “Know Your Island” Treasure Hunt will be held on November 13.
Teams of at least three people can participate in what promises to be an “adrenaline-pumping experience” that will take contestants on a tour of Tobago as they follow various clues to some of the destination’s best known sites and even a few of its best-kept secrets.
Other events are scheduled throughout the month, with Fort King George Heritage Park hosting engaging experiences for visitors during Tourism Month. Every Sunday for the month of November, visitors will be able to step back in time and learn about the fort through the animated narratives of trained tour guides and dramatizations performed by costumed actors.
Other interesting events to look forward to will be the launch of Tobago Tourism Month today at the ANR Robinson International Airport; an encore of the Underwater Carnival’s highly successful Try-Dive event on November 13 at the YMCA; and the Tobago…Truly Romantic Wedding and Honeymoon Symposium from November 27-29 at the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort.