by Joel Julien

“Sweet Sweet Trinidad.”

This is the aptly named staycation campaign that Tourism Trinidad Limited (TTL) is currently embarking on.

And as a way to help spread the word of the campaign members of the media were treated to a tour of the Caroni Bird Sanctuary last week.

Acting chief executive officer at TTL Heidi Alert says the goal of the campaign is to get citizens to fall in love with T&T again.

This in turn will have a positive economic impact on the country as well as help citizens who are unable to travel overseas because of the current restrictions in place to achieve their wanderlust.

“You don’t have to go far you don’t have to travel for hours you don’t have to get on a plane and go somewhere else whenever you experience what we have right here in our own back yard,” Alert said.

Alert said when citizens get to know and love this country, they will be better able to encourage others to come here when that time comes.

“The more that we as Trinis embrace who we are the more we embrace the communities the more that we love where we live that bubbles over and that really percolates to everybody that we interact with,” Alert said.

Last week’s media familiarisation tour was a sunset dinner at the Caroni Bird Sanctuary.

It was done in collaboration with the Winston Nanan Caroni Bird Sanctuary Tours.

The regular elements that form a tour of the Caroni Bird Sanctuary were present.

Flocks of the national bird the Scarlet Ibis, as well as pink flamingoes, were seen in full flight and at rest.

The setting sun as well as the birds and calming water proved the perfect backdrop for a romantic dinner.

Dinner was also a salute to the beauty if T&T as local items formed the menu.

The dinner comprised a pumpkin soup appetizer as well as a main course of sweet and sour melogene, deep-fried breaded plantain, creamy cassava, chunky vegetables, Hong Kong styled fish and steamed lobster in garlic sauce.

Dessert was a choice of either cheesecake or red velvet trifles.

To make the ambience even more romantic and calming the guests were serenaded by a saxophonist while they ate.

This is just one of various local tours currently on offer.