Trinidad & Tobago in conjunction with Delta Airlines held a reception in New York City Thursday, February 7, 2008 to promote the new direct flight from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Port of Spain, Trinidad. The "Taste of Trinidad & Tobago in New York " event took place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Delta's Sky 360 Lounge, a swank lounge that allowed distinguished guests to experience all of Delta's premium amenities. The occasion gave New York consumers and media a taste of what the destination has to offer and delighted guests with local foods while the sounds of the steel pan swayed guests to the rhythm of the island beat. Representatives from both Trinidad's Tourism & Development Company (TDC) and the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) were present, as well as Trinidad & Tobago's New York Consulate General, Harold Robertson. "We are so happy to welcome this new Delta flight to our beautiful island," said Jason Baptiste, marketing manager of the TDC. "With an increasing number of direct flights from the US , we hope to share the vibrant culture and mystique of Trinidad & Tobago with many more travelers."
The dual island nation of Trinidad & Tobago also recently welcomed two additional Delta flights. Weekly non-stop service from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta to Crown Point International Airport in Tobago began on December 15, 2007, and twice weekly non-stop service from JFK in New York to Piarco International Airport in Trinidad commenced on December 20, 2007.
Trinidad & Tobago, with their careful approach to tourism, offers one of the last absolutely unspoiled Caribbean destinations. Trinidad, the 'cultural capital of the Caribbean ,' is home to the world famous Carnival and the birth place of the steel pan drum. Tobago, sister island to Trinidad, is the quintessential Caribbean island with secluded beaches, quaint villages, award winning eco attractions and private villas.