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Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Still looking for flights and accomodation?

I am not promoting any one company over the other, but I was checking out Carnival Junction and saw that Island Soul Promotions has advertisements listed for hotel accomodation as welll as airfare to Trinidad for Carnival; I know ticket prices on certain dates are now well over $1000.00US so for the procrastinators you might want to contact Island Soul if you are still looking for airfare of a place to stay.

For more details on both advertisements you can check out Carnival Junction under the categories "Carnival Flight Deals" and "Carnival Accomodation", see the website is not only about looking for costumes wanted/for sale.

Here are the deals advertised:
Air Specials
Thanks to last month's air sale, we are nearly sold out on air-only. Remaining flights include: 697.00 USD JFK-POS-JFK 13FEB-22FEB, 757.00 USD JFK-POS-JFK 16FEB-21FEB, 761.00 USD BWI-POS-BWI 14FEB-24FEB.


Only a few remain; make your deposit today

email: info@islandsoulpromotions.com
voice: (800) 921-6955
web: http://www.islandsoulpromotions.com
Accomodation
Island Soul Promotions has several affordable packages available for Trinidad Carnival 2007. We pride ourselves in providing you with a number of hotel options and flight itineraries, as well as additional package add-ons such as fete tickets, ground transportation, and costumes.

Make a deposit on your package between now and December 10th to receive up to 20% off at the Carnetta's Inn, our moderate level accommodations located in Maraval. Looking for something a little more luxurious? Join us at the otherwise sold out, centrally located Crowne Plaza. We still have rooms left!
email: info@islandsoulpromotions.com

Island Soul Promotions, Inc.
The Ultimate Carnival Experience!

No new news................

Well for once I have trumped the Guardian, the news being reported today is exactly what I posted yesterday. At 2:34PM I left this comment in my post about the pan chroming factory:
"I tried calling the Director of Culture, but he is on vacation!Spoke to someone at the NCC and they said we STILL have to wait for more information later down in the week and they are in the process of preparing to take down the Grand stand soon."

Report in today's Guardian:

Grand Stand is no more but...

Minister still to reveal Carnival plans


BY CORDIELLE STREET

IT is official.

The Grand Stand at Queen’s Park Savannah is scheduled to be demolished in the new year, dashing all hopes of masqueraders enjoying another Carnival crossing the big stage.

However, Minister of Community, Culture and Gender Affairs Joan Yuille-Williams is yet to announce an alternative venue or venues for major events traditionally held there.

Yuille-Williams promised on Friday that plans would be revealed yesterday after a meeting between the Ministry and officials of the Urban Development Corporation of T&T (Udecott).

A media release yesterday from Udecott, however, made no mention of alternative Carnival plans. Instead the organisation announced its “regret” in informing the national community of the Grand Stand’s demolition.

“As many would appreciate, after dealing with the projected cost for the new Savannah facility that was almost double in price of what Cabinet had authorised, Udecott was forced to address the issue of value engineering and methodology in an effort to bring this project to within the cost parameters established by the Government of T&T.

“Udecott now feels that this development can go forward within the price parameters established by the Government and proposals from pre-qualified contractors will be sought in early 2007,” stated the release. ....

©2005-2006 Trinidad Publishing Company Limited


For the rest of the article please visit the Trinidad Guardian's website.

By now I am sure it is clear that the Minister of Culture will not be making any big announcement on Carnival plans. The information I got yesterday from a Ministry official was that "UDECOTT will make an announcement concerning plans for the construction of the Carnival Entertainment Centre which will be followed by another announcement by the N.C.C. which will out line the schedule for Carnival 2007."

Therefore we should expect the N.C.C. to reveal the alternative venues for competitions such as Panorama and Dimanche Gras sometime soon and mas will be on the streets as has been alluded to by the media over the past few weeks.

No Savannah langniappe people, when the Grand Stand comes down that single act will symbolise the end of an era.
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