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VII Americas Competitiveness Forum Trinidad and Tobago 2014
VII Americas Competitiveness Forum Trinidad and Tobago 2014
The Human Imagination at work - Driving Competitiveness, Powering Innovation
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NAVIGATION

Five Islands Restoration Heritage Tour

This tour departs the mainland of Trinidad by boat to sail and circumnavigate the risen metamorphic rocks situated in the Gulf of Paria. The rocks, now called, The Five Islands, tells the true story about new beginnings, freedom and romance. Guests will proceed on a walking tour of Nelson Island. Ground transportation is provided and guests are asked to be at the hotel lobby 15 minutes before. Participants should walk with a hat, sunscreen, repellent, cameras and shoes that are comfortable for walking.

Date & Time

  1. Monday 6th October, 2014 1:30 p.m.– 5:30 p.m.
  2. Tuesday 7th October, 2014 9:00 a.m.– 1:00 p.m.

Cost
$75.00USD

Booking
Email nationaltrust.tt@gmail.com  or call 1-868-623-9311 Ext: 2073/2074

Payment
Deposit/ Transfer payment to First Citizens Bank Account #1238698

Refreshments
Savoury Dishes (Fish Accra, Wings, Pastelles, Plantains, Pholourie), Sweet Dishes (Fruits, Sweet Bread/Black Cake), Drinks (Rum Punch, Fruit Punch, Beers, Water)

Angostura Distillery Tour

Angostura is one of the Caribbean’s leading rum producers with a superb collection of rum brands including Angostura® 1824, Angostura® 1919 and Black Label. Angostura is also the world’s market leader for bitters – the Angostura® Aromatic Bitters, the formula of which has not been changed since the first bottle was introduced to the world in 1824. This product is marketed in over 160 markets world-wide and is a Royal Warrant holder to the Queen of England . Upon arrival at the famous Angostura Distillery, guests will view a short film on the Siegert family, inventors of the Angostura® aromatic bitters. This will be followed by a tour of the historical museum where you will get a quick glimpse into the top secret ‘Bitters Room’ and view the state-of-the-art rum distillery and bottling plant. The tour will conclude with a sampling of several of Angostura’s internationally acclaimed products, which are also available for purchase at the on-site Angostura Shoppe. As an added bonus, visitors will be able to view the world-famous Barcant Butterfly Collection of over 700 species that was started in 1921 by Malcolm Barcant. Ground transportation is provided.

Date
Wednesday 8th October, 2014

Time
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cost
10-13 persons US$ 50 pax; 14 – 22persons US$ 45 pax,  23+ persons US$ 40 pax

Booking
Email us at admin@islandexperiencestt.com (cc: ttitoa@tstt.net.tt). Final details will be sent upon confirmation

Tour to Fort George & Chaguaramas

This tour begins by taking guests along Trinidad’s scenic North-West Coast, passing through small fishing villages and various yacht clubs and marinas. Chaguaramas was the site of a major US military installation during World War II and was fully ‘handed over’ in the 1970s. Today, there is a string of marinas along the coast, making it a hot-spot for yachters. The beautiful coastal drive will take you to the newly erected Boardwalk where you can take a leisurely stroll.  The tour continues to the nearby golf course and Macqueripe Beach; then on to The Bamboo Cathedral (a grove of natural bamboo that touches at the top and creates an arch, resembling that of a church roof).  Here, guests have the opportunity to walk around. The tour concludes with a visit to Fort George where a spectacular panoramic view awaits; where as far as San Fernando and Venezuela can be seen. Formerly called La Vigie, Fort George was part of a complex of fortifications. Construction dates back to 1804 under the direction of the then British Governor, Brigadier-General Sir Thomas Hislop.  The fort consisted of sea defenses and a series of supporting batteries.  Considered impregnable, it was the major defensive position on the island but never experienced military action.  It ceased to be a military establishment in 1846. A signal station was established around 1883 and continued operation until November 1964.  In 1965, major restorations of the building took place; three years after Trinidad gained its independence. Ground transportation is provided.

Date
Wednesday 8th October, 2014

Time
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cost
4 – 10 persons US$ 45 pax; 11 – 22 persons US$ 40 pax; 22+ persons US$ 35 pax

Booking
Email us at admin@islandexperiencestt.com (cc: ttitoa@tstt.net.tt).

Final details will be sent upon confirmation

City Museum Tour

This tour beings in downtown Port of Spain – the bustling heart of the city. Guests will visit Independence Square, the surrounding shopping streets and the historic Woodford Square.  Guests will then be taken on a drive around the Queens Park Savannah – known as ‘the world’s largest roundabout’. The Queens Park Savannah is a 200-acre recreational park lined with exotic trees and interesting colonial mansions with intricate architectural designs.  The ‘Magnificent Seven’ are the finest of these architectural designs.  The last stop is the National Museum and Art Gallery. The Museum has a permanent collection of over 10,000 items, displayed in seven major galleries: Art, Social History, Natural History, Economic History, Petroleum and Geology. The Museum also houses a small gallery by famous nineteenth century artist Michel Jean Cazabon and a small collection of Carnival Arts. Note that photographs or videos are not allowed to be taken the Museum. Ground transportation is provided

Date
Thursday 9th October, 2014

Time
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Cost
4 – 10 persons US$ 45 pax; 11 – 22 persons US$ 40 pax; 22+ persons US$ 30 pax

Booking
Email us at admin@islandexperiencestt.com (cc: ttitoa@tstt.net.tt).

Final details will be sent upon confirmation

Panyard Tour

For the music enthusiast and those who want a true taste of “trini” culture, this tour offers a novel approach to appreciating the pulse of our people.  The panyard is alive with an atmosphere that will take you back in time to the origin of the steelband.  The steelband can be said to be a development of the tamboo bamboo band.  Many decades ago a ban was placed on the beating of drums during the carnival celebrations.  Then something happened.  On Carnival Monday morning – Jour Ouvert 1937 – a band from New Town swept into the city.  Paying tribute to the then current film hit, the banner proudly proclaimed, Alexander’s Ragtime Band…a mass of jubilant humanity reacted ecstatically to its ample rhythm and noise.  All sorts of improvised percussion instruments had been co-opted by the band buckets, dustbins, pitch-oil pans soap boxes, motor cat hubs and other noise making devices.  The discarded 55 gallon oil drums gave birth to a new musical culture – the steel pan – the only acoustic musical instrument developed in the 20th century.  From this evolved the melodious sounds of the present day steel orchestra with pans ranging from the highs of the tenors to the lows of the bass. The experience includes a refreshment of local rum punch or soft refreshments, a short history of the evolution of the steel pan (the National Instrument of Trinidad & Tobago), a scintillating performance by the resident steelband, an opportunity for hands-on experience on the pan and “flaming limbo”.  We conclude with a carnival style jump-up You are encouraged to wear your dancing shoes. Ground transportation is provided.

Date
Thursday 9th October, 2014

Time
9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.

Cost
US$80 pax

Booking
Email us at injoytours@hotmail.com (cc: ttitoa@tstt.net.tt).

Final details will be sent upon confirmation

Night-life Tour

This tour provides you with the opportunity to experience the spirit of “trini” people on their most popular night of the week – Friday night. This tour will take guests down to the most popular night strips in Port of Spain that feature a variety of local food places, bars and clubs. Here, you can sample some typical local street food or find a good spot to enjoy a beer/ cocktail or an exciting spot for dancing, so wear your dancing shoes! A refreshment is provided. Also, ground transportation is provided.

Date
Friday 12th October, 2014

Time
9.00 p.m. to 12mid-night

Cost
US$80 pax; Entrance Fees to local Clubs not included

Booking
Email us at admin@islandexperiencestt.com (cc: ttitoa@tstt.net.tt).

Final details will be sent upon confirmation

Garden Tour

If you enjoy scenic views and natural flora, then this is a tour for you! This tour take you to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Port-of-Spain. The Gardens, established in 1818, is situated north of the Queen’s Park Savannah and is one of the oldest Botanic Gardens in the West Indies. Today, the gardens consist of approximately 700 trees which are 13% local, and the remainder representing every continent of the world. At the Gardens, guests will have the opportunity to walk around and enjoy the  beautiful landscape. Guests will then proceed to The Secret Garden which is nestled in the lush Santa Cruz Valley within the San Antonio Nursery. This is a dream come true for any lover of tropical plants and flowers.  This garden features an amazing array of colorful flora in a landscaped garden setting which unfolds before you as you walk around. Ground transportation is provided.

Date
Saturday 11th October, 2014

Time
9.00 a.m. to 12noon

Cost
US$50 pax

Booking
Email us at trevorakan@gmail.com (cc: ttitoa@tstt.net.tt).

Final details will be sent upon confirmation

Tour of POS City, Botanic Gardens and Lookout

This tour offers a compact scenic experience of the Port-of-Spain area, Trinidad. The tour beings in downtown Port of Spain – the bustling heart of the city. Guests will visit Independence Square, the surrounding shopping streets and the historic Woodford Square.  Guests will then be taken on a drive around the Queens Park Savannah to the Royal Botanic Gardens. The Gardens, established in 1818, is situated north of the Queen’s Park Savannah and is one of the oldest Botanic Gardens in the West Indies. Today, the gardens consist of approximately 700 trees which are 13% local, and the remainder representing every continent of the world. At the Gardens, guests will have the opportunity to walk around and enjoy the beautiful landscape. The final stop on this tour is the Lady Young Lookout where guests can enjoy a panoramic view of Port of Spain and the Gulf of Paria and environs.  On a clear day you can see as far as Venezuela. Please walk with sunscreen or sunhat and comfortable walking shoes Ground transportation is provided.

Date
Saturday 11th October, 2014

Time
9.00 a.m. to 12noon

Cost
4–10 persons US$45 pax; 11–22 perosn US$40 pax; 22+ persons US$35 pax

Booking
Email at ttitoa@tstt.net.tt further details will be sent upon confirmation

Asa Wright Nature Centre (AWNC) Tour

This is another tour for those interested in the outdoors. Located north of the Amerindian town of Arima is the Asa Wright Nature Centre, a haven for resident and migratory birds and local fauna.  A resident naturalist guide will take guests on the Discovery Trail where the diversity of this fragile ecosystem is explained and demonstrated. Here, colourful birds like tanagers, honey creepers, humming birds, banana quits orpendolas and possibly toucans are pointed out. Agoutis Mattes and squirrels are also regular sightings.  The trail is followed by a tasty lunch served at the main house where interesting souvenirs and books are on sale. Please walk with sneakers, sandals, shorts and insect repellent. Ground transportation and a buffet lunch is provided.

Date
Saturday 11th October, 2014

Time
9.00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Cost
US$80.00 pax

Booking
Email at trevorakan@gmail.com (cc: ttitoa@tstt.net.tt) further details will be sent upon confirmation

Tours to Gaspree Caves

Chaguaramas is a protected area that is rich in its natural environment and home to several offshore islands. After a guided tour through the Chaguaramas National Park, you will board a small boat for a 15-minute ride through the north-western archipelago.  On arrival at Pt. Baleine, a former whaling station, the tour guide will take you to the cave lodge and the magnificent limestone cave system of the “Big Cave”.  Many years of rainfall may have combined with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to form a weak carbonic acid, which slowly dissolved the limestone rocks of Gasparee.  This resulted in the formation of a series of underground passages and caves that today form the Gasparee Caves.  As you descend into the shimmering blue water of the underground pool, the Blue Grotto of the Big Cave, which reflects the images of the awesome stalactites and stalagmites, you will experience the sighting of the features such as dinosaur head, chandelier, lovers embrace; it is all up to your imagination and interpretation.  From there, we travel by boat across to Scotland Bay or Monos Island for a sea-bath and a picnic lunch. Note that you should wear sneakers and walk with insect repellent, bath suit and a towel. The intensity of the cave tour is moderate. Ground transportation is provided, along with a picnic lunch and soft refreshments.

Date
Saturday 11th October, 2014

Time
9.00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Cost
US$90.00 pax

Booking – Email at injoytours@hotmail.com (cc: ttitoa@tstt.net.tt) further details will be sent upon confirmation

Maracas Beach

This tour combines the highlights of Port of Spain with beautiful panoramic views, sights of the countryside and a scenic drive around the mountainous northern coastline to Trinidad’s most popular beach, Maracas Bay.  Departing from your hotel, we make our way through downtown Port of Spain, past the Parliament, Supreme Court, shopping streets and Independence Square.  Heading out of town, we will view the Queens Park Savannah, a 200 –acre recreational park lined with exotic trees and interesting colonial style mansions with amazing architectural designs.  We then stop at the National Museum to view the carnival Costumes amazing art and unique artifacts. From there we proceed to the north coast to enjoy spectacular views of the Paramin Hills, rainforest-covered Northern Range mountains and the Caribbean Sea – with plenty of opportunities for photographs and maybe even a little improvised Calypso music! Our final destination before returning to your hotel is Maracas Bay – a beautiful palm-fringed beach backed by verdant mountains.  Here you can swim, take a walk along the beach, or just relax at one of the beach huts with a cool drink and a Bake & Shark, a hot crispy shark sandwich. Ground transportation is provided; also lunch of bake & shark with soft refreshments.  Basic dressing rooms with changing and toilet facilities are available.

Date
Saturday 11th October, 2014

Time
10.00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost
4–10 persons US$45 pax; 11–22 persons US$40 pax; 22+ persons US$30 pax

Booking
Email at injoytours@hotmail.com (cc: ttitoa@tstt.net.tt) further details will be sent upon confirmation

Tobago Day Tour

Do not leave our country without experiencing a little piece of heaven on earth – Tobago. Your early morning flight brings you to Tobago our sister isle, where you are met and taken on a sight-seeing drive visiting Tobago’s scenic and historic sites.  At Store Bay, you board a glass bottom boat for a trip to the world famous Buccoo Reef where colourful fish, sponges and corals can be viewed.  Close by, you will be invited to go snorkeling, or learn to snorkel.  Next is a swim in the crystal clear, waist high waters of the Nylon Pool.  After this trip, guests are taken to Renmar’s Beach Restaurant to enjoy a tasty Tobago lunch, after which you spend the remainder of your day at leisure on the beautiful Pigeon Point Heritage Park Beach before the return flight to Trinidad. Bring your towel, swim wear, sun screen and a good appetite! Ground transportation is provided.Ground transportation is provided.

Date
Saturday 11th October, 2014

Time
8.00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Cost
US$170.00 pax

Booking
Email at trevorakan@gmail.com (cc: ttitoa@tstt.net.tt) further details will be sent upon confirmation

Tobago Stay-over Tour

Sometimes, 1 day is not enough at our little piece of heaven on earth – Tobago. For those who have the time, we invite you to stay over. Guests with take an early morning, 15-minute flight to the sister isle where they will be greeted by a tour guide at the airport. They will proceed on a sight-seeing drive, visiting Tobago’s scenic and historic sites then on to Store Bay. Here, guests will board the famous glass bottom boat for a trip to the world renowned Buccoo Reef where you can go snorkelling, or learn to snorkel.  Guests are then taken to the off-shore, crystal clear, waist high waters of the Nylon Pool where they can go swimming. After this trip, guests are taken to Renmar’s Beach Restaurant to enjoy a tasty Tobago lunch. Guests then enjoy the remainder of the day at the beautiful Pigeon Point Heritage Park Beach, lounging or sea-bathing.

Guests have the 2 options for accommodation:

  1. Kariwak Village (www.kariwak.com)
  2. Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort (www.magdalenagrand.com).

Ground transportation is provided.

Date & Time
8:00 a.m. 11th to 8:00 p.m. 12th October, 2014

Cost

  1. Kariwak Village -  US$270.00pp (www.kariwak.com)
    Includes breakfast, dinner and taxes
  2. Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort -  US$455.00pp (www.magdalenagrand.com)
    Package includes breakfast and taxes

Booking
Email at
 trevorakan@gmail.com (cc: ttitoa@tstt.net.tt) further details will be sent upon confirmation

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VII
Americas Competitiveness Forum 2014
October 8 - 10, 2014. Port of Spain, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.