Category: Business | Trinidad

Q&A with the producers of The Cutlass

As the T&T feature film The Cutlass prepares for its international release, Caroline Taylor talks to the filmmakers — Teneille Newallo, Darisha Beresford, and Drew Umland — about the challenges of local and regional cinema

An aerial view of Port of Spain, Trinidad. Photo by Stephen Broadbridge

Trinidad: the regional business centre

Trinidad is the business capital of the region, owing to its natural hydrocarbon reserves. With those reserves quickly being consumed, this “Caribbean Tiger” has moved, repeatedly, to diversify its economy

Original hand-crafted jewellery on sale. Courtesy Green Market Santa Cruz

Made in Trinidad: unique gifts, souvenirs & shopping

No, a ceramic coconut made in China is probably not how you want to remember your trip to Trinidad. Fair enough. But there are exceptionally talented local craftsmen in Trinidad working in leather, clay, fabric, copper and other raw materials like seeds, shells and gourds. And you can find just about anything mainstream, from clothes, houseware and aromatherapy candles to fancy local foods, fashion and jewellery

A home in Maraval, Trinidad. Courtesy Peter Sheppard

Trinidad real estate & the property market

As of late 2014, the real estate market in Trinidad has shown significant improvement after suffering a decline during the global economic slowdown (2007–2009). The Association of Real Estate Agents (AREA) notes that property prices have begun to rise after a 20% decline

Trinidad Carnival Couture. Photo: Gary Jordan Photography courtesy K2K Carnival

Spotlight on Trinidad & Tobago fashion

A look at Trinidad & Tobago Fashion Week; Tobago Fashion Weekend; the relationship between fashion and Carnival; and the islands’ emerging fashion industry as a whole

The Grand Ballroom at the Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre

Trinidad: conference & convention capital of the Caribbean

Trinidad is already a financial and information hub of the region and a gateway to Latin America, with a high influx of business travellers. Consequently, the Tourism Development Company (TDC) has set up the Trinidad & Tobago Convention Bureau (TTCB) as Trinidad positions itself as the conference and convention hub of the Caribbean and beyond

The Native Spirit: original Caribbean art to wear

Discover talks to Tracy Kaufmann, the co-founder of Native Spirit (produced by B&Tees Ltd), to learn how this brand has become such a hit for both locals and visitors for over 25 years

Young scarlet ibis (distinguished by the dark feathers among the red ones) feed on the Caroni Swamp mudflats. Photo by Chris Anderson

Trinidad & Tobago Sightseeing Tours

Discover talks to T&T Sightseeing Tours’ visionary founder Charles Carvalho. They offer easy sightseeing tours, city tours, Tobago day tours, historical tours, golf trips, and nature tours including mild to strenuous hikes, boat tours, diving trips, and turtle-watching and birding, and arrange hotel reservations, car rentals, aircraft charter, conferencing, and cultural itineraries.

Sisters Roses Hezekiah and the late Allyson Hennessy (a Cordon Bleu chef), co-founders of Veni Mangé. Photo: definitivecaribbean.blogspot.com

Interview: Allyson Hennessy & Roses Hezekiah on Veni Mangé

Veni Mangé is a creole restaurant in Woodbrook, Trinidad founded by sisters Roses Hezekiah and the late Allyson Hennessy (a Cordon Bleu chef). They shared their thoughts with Discover T&T on Trinidad cuisine and their favourite dishes

The Port of Spain waterfront. Photo by Chris Anderson

Port of Spain: International Financial Centre (IFC)?

Economist Jwala Rambarran on the moves to make Port of Spain — Trinidad’s capital — an International Financial Centre as part of the country’s diversification thrust into financial services