Tobago announces ground-breaking hotel developments at WTM
Posted Nov 09, 2022
On Monday, at the opening of World Travel Market 2022, held at Excel London, the Honourable Farley Augustine, Chief Secretary, Tobago House of Assembly, revealed major tourism developments on the island that will transform the tourism accommodation landscape, and propel destination Tobago into a new era.
Construction is also due to start next year on a new four-star Marriott® hotel, this is expected to be completed by 2025. The TT $500 million project will be located at Rocky Point on the scenic Caribbean coast, nestled between the popular beach of Mt. Irvine Bay and the fishing village of Black Rock. When completed, the project will comprise of a 200- room hotel, 28 duplex residences, 11 single-family luxury villas, 12 town houses and a full-scale of luxury amenities. The project will bring both short and long-term benefits to the island, with the creation of 750 jobs during the construction phase and 220 jobs once the hotel opens. The resort will also create a farmers programme where the hotel will work with farmers in Tobago to improve production and service. Overarching environmental considerations have been reinforced with the principals to ensure sustainable development and protection of the surrounding natural assets.
Elephant Tree Beach Club and Villas
Another major tourism boost is also coming from the ongoing construction of the privately owned Elephant Tree Beach Club and Villas. The TT $320M hotel and villa project is due to be completed in 2024 and will feature a 40-room hotel, a fitness centre, two restaurants, a spa, a swimming pool and a jetty on the beachfront. There will be 126 townhouses and villas forming part of the development. Manta Lodge This dive resort located in Speyside Tobago is undergoing a TT $10 million refurbishment, due to be completed at the end of this year, adding an additional 24 high-end rooms to Tobago’s hotel stock. Home of dive site Kelleston Drain with the world's largest single brain coral colony measuring three metres high and over five metres across, the hotel is ideally situated for those wanting to discover the best of Tobago’s diving.
Comfort Inn Suites
Tobago also recently welcomed Comfort Inn Suites as part of the expanding room stock, when the sleek new 74-room hotel opened its doors earlier this year in the capital of Scarborough.
The Honourable Farley Augustine, Chief Secretary, Tobago House of Assembly (THA) said:
“We are absolutely committed to responsibly developing the tourism offering on Tobago. We are very excited to be welcoming some major hotel developments from global hotel brands to supplement the accommodation offering already available on the island. Tobago is invested in the tourism business and the THA will continue to facilitate the accelerated development of the sector, ensuring that we minimise the environmental impacts to preserve our natural heritage, which is what makes Tobago totally unique.”
Expansion of ANR Robinson International Airport
The major accommodation developments are supported by the development of a world-class, state-of-the-art international airport terminal, which is underway for Tobago. The ongoing ANR Robinson International Airport Expansion Project will see the construction of a new terminal, expansion of the tarmac and a new car park, among other upgrades. Two of the major areas of focus for the project are ensuring sustainability and minimising environmental impact, which is in keeping with Tobago’s emphasis on industry development that aligns with the destination’s brand of unspoilt, untouched and undiscovered.