‘Sharma will set tourism back’ Industry cries foul over new minister

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.

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December 20, 2013
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