Volume 3 Issue 1 February 2005 Applied Research Note 1

An Apparent Solution but a Plethora of Problems

by Johnny Coomansingh (Geography Department, Southwestern Missouri State University)

Emerging from a colonial past, Trinidad and Tobago continues to struggle for economic freedom. Although there are certain elements, which serve as lures for tourists in Trinidad, Tobago with its scenic beauty and warm beaches has captured the position for large-scale tourism development. This twin-island republic has not had a history of a “real” tourist industry. Petroleum production, refining, and exploitation of large natural gas reservoirs are the factors that govern the economy. These industrial and economic facts, coupled with observations taken on two field visits in 2004, concluded that the tourism industry has not been given the attention required for success.

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