Expressing shock, surprise and disappointment, tourism stakeholders say the appointment of Chandresh Sharma as Tourism minister will set back the billion-dollar industry by about 20 months.
They feel a new minister takes about six months to learn the job. They are also hoping Tourism Development Company (TDC) chairman Brian Frontin will not be removed.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar appointed Sharma to the tourism portfolio in the third Cabinet reshuffle since assuming office in May 2010. Sharma succeeds Stephen Cadiz, who replaces Sharma in the Transport Ministry. Cadiz last year succeeded Rupert Griffith.