Sanders Trips to Trinidad-Tobago
By Howard Schwach
City Councilman James Sanders, Jr., who represents the eastern end of the Rockaway community, has led a delegation of Councilmembers and other elected officials to Trinidad and Tobago in order to study the way that the tropical islands attract tourists.
"The Island of Trinidad is one of the most successful world-wide marketeers of its carnival," Sanders said. "Millions of dollars are earned and thousands of jobs are created due to its prudent use of its celebration."
Sanders added that "New York City must end its over-reliance on Wall Street and diversify its economy. Tourism is among our strongest economic performers even during this downturn in our economy."
"New York City holds lots of parades," Sanders told The Wave, citing the St. Patrick's Day Parade, the Puerto Rican Day Parade and the Israel Day Parade as examples.
"The problem with those parades," Sanders said, "is that they draw people who come from the city and travel to the parade by subway and who bring their own lunch. We need people who travel from Europe and Asia and who spend money on hotels and restaurants."
"Nobody knows how to draw those tourists who bring money than Trinidad does," he says. "They know how to do it. They don't put the people who come in pens and they get a million people with money."
Sanders said that he is leading the delegation to Trinidad and Tobago in order to "learn how that nations draws so many tourists."
"We could fill our hotels, our restaurants and our coffers by safely bringing tens of thousands of tourists and showing them the time of their lives," Sanders concludes.
The trip is being paid for by a number of sponsors, including BWIA, Heiniken, USA, and the Trinidad Hilton.
Going with Sanders on the trip are Councilmembers Diana Reyna, Yvette Clarke, Kendall Stewart and James Davis, as well as Congressman Charles Rangel and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.