Tourism Trinidad Limited (TTL) Staff Participates in Matura Beach Clean-Up
March 30th, 2022
Port of Spain, Trinidad – Sunday March 27, 2022 – Tourism Trinidad Limited (TTL) partnered with the award-winning environment conservation group, Nature Seekers, in the Matura Beach Clean-Up on Friday March 11, 2022.
From March to September every year, Trinidad is host to the majestic leatherback turtles as they travel across the Atlantic Ocean to nest on our east coast beaches. Sea turtles have been around for more than 110 million years and play a significant role in maintaining healthy oceans. It is, therefore, critical that the beach shorelines are clear of debris that may hamper female sea turtles’ journey from the ocean to their nesting sites. Debris, especially marine waste, is a predominant factor in their entanglement and death along this journey.
TTL employees volunteered their time, energy, and resources “to live tourism” by making a difference to the amazing leatherback turtles and to the Matura community that has built its economic livelihoods on these wonderous creatures. This activity also contributed to the strengthening of the organisation’s team and corporate social responsibility spirit.
The Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Trinidad, Kurtis Rudd, explained “I am really impressed by the tremendous turnout and participation by our staff for this Matura Beach Clean Up. More than twenty-five (25) employees came out and covered specific zones of the 7mile long Matura beach; picking up debris such as broken glass, logs, plastic bottles, and general waste that can injure beachgoers and have a huge detrimental effect on local marine life and ecosystems. Activities such as this not only assists in conservation of the natural environment but ensures the authentic connection of tourism officials to the industry.”
Kurtis Rudd continued that “It is time for us to look at the way we live and reduce our consumption of single-use plastic. In this regard therefore, it is critical that we clean up our shorelines, protect marine life and support our community coastal tourism economies. Nature Seekers must be applauded for their long-standing work in environment conservation and dedication to the protection of the nesting sites of the leatherback turtles.”
The Matura Beach Clean-up took place from Sunday March 6-12, 2022, and involved the collection and removal of glass, plastic, metal, and degradable materials from the shoreline, to facilitate successful turtle nesting.
Corporate Communications & Stakeholder Relations Unit
Tourism Trinidad Limited
Level 18, Tower D
International Waterfront Centre
1A Wrightson Road
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, WEST INDIES
Phone: (868) 612-7412 Ext. 1805, 689-5198
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Established in June 2017 and a state enterprise under the Ministry of Tourism, the mandate of Tourism Trinidad Limited is as follows:
- Development and marketing of Trinidad’s tourism offerings and the promotion of Destination Trinidad
- Attracting tourism investment into Trinidad
- Promoting education, awareness, and co-operation in advancing expansion through tourism