Trinidad and Tobago tourism hosts MIT university students


PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – “The study tour to our twin island paradise was designed to be an interactive event providing an opportunity for students to explore key elements of Trinidad and Tobago’s history and development,” explained Keith Chin, Chief Executive Officer at the TDC, commenting on the tourism sector’s recent hosting of university students.

The Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC) partnered with the Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants & Tourism Association (THRTA) to host Professor Renée Richardson Gosline and a group of 28 students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Community as they examined Trinidad and Tobago’s economy and development from March 21-27.

Chin continued, “As the organization responsible for marketing Trinidad and Tobago, the TDC ensured that the study tour featured key elements of our islands’ culture through the hosting of a cocktail reception on the very popular Ariapita Avenue in Trinidad.

“We called the event Destination T&T and made certain that the festivities included exciting aspects of Trinidad and Tobago’s culture such as Carnival characters, limbo dancers and steel band performances. The MIT contingent were also treated to local culinary offerings prepared by the Trinidad and Tobago National Culinary Team.”

While Professor Renée Richardson Gosline and her students toured Trinidad and Tobago, another group participated in one of MIT Sloan’s first official study tour to Cuba from March 18 for an eight-day trip on which they explored the business and cultural implications of renewed diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. Both study tours coincided with President Obama’s visit to Cuba as part of U.S. efforts to normalize relations between the two countries.

Other MIT Sloan study tours this year include trips to New Zealand, Ghana and Ivory Coast, Southeast Asia, and the United Kingdom.

Home to the largest Carnival celebration in the Caribbean, Trinidad & Tobago is the southernmost Caribbean nation located seven miles east off the Venezuelan coast. Ranked the happiest nation in the Caribbean by the United Nations’ World Happiness Report, in 2013 and 2015, the destination’s distinct and harmonious blend of cultures, eclectic cuisine and environmental treasures continue to attract travelers of all ages to its shores. Birthplace of the limbo and the world famous steelpan, the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century, as well as a diverse mix of monthly festivals and events, it’s little wonder that Trinidad is known as the ‘cultural capital of the Caribbean.’ Sister island Tobago offers a quintessential Caribbean vibe with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco attractions. Tobago is home to the largest brain coral in the Western Hemisphere and the oldest protected reserve in the Western hemisphere, The Main Ridge Rainforest. Come and explore Trinidad and Tobago – the true Caribbean!

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