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T&T Gov’t shores up hoteliers with TT$50 million

(Photo: eTurbo News)

The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has allocated TT$50 million to support hoteliers in Tobago engaged in upgrading and renovating their facilities in anticipation of a reopening of the economy following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Finance Colm Imbert made the announcement yesterday, in Parliament, while speaking on the “Economic Effect and Financial Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic”.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Finance Colm Imbert (Photo: Newsday)

Last month the country’s tourism minister, Randall Mitchell, along with his fellow ministers, met with hotel and accommodation owners on the island of Tobago to discuss how the Government could provide assistance.

While acknowledging that the coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted the Tobago’s tourism sector, Mitchell explained that the allocation from the government will ensure hotels are ready to receive visitors returning to the island following COVID-19.

In the meantime, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr Keith Rowley has declared success in containing and controlling the coronavirus in the twin-island republic. He attributed this to the Government’s implementation of “additional timely measures including the closure of the country’s borders and the nation’s schools”

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr Keith Rowley (Photo: Trinidad & Tobago Guardian)

Over the last two weeks, the country has confirmed only two new positive cases and has discharged a significantly higher number of people from hospitals.

Dr Rowley said the islands will continue to observe “adherence to the World Health Organization’s hygiene protocols which includes social distancing”.