“The official opening of the Brian Lara Cricket Academy on Friday points the way to the dawn of a new era for sport in Trinidad and Tobago,” Lewis stated. “That said, it will be equally important that we learn from lessons of the past and ensure that well thought out maintenance and utilisation plans and strategies are put in place for this brand new facility.
“There is a significant opportunity now for Trinidad and Tobago to go after the hosting of international and regional sports events that can be a major contributor to the economy. This will require not only the identification of opportunities to host sports events, but also the development of skills required for bidding and hosting international sport events.
“Simultaneously we must also build and develop crucial relationships with international, continental and regional sport federations.” The veteran sporting administrator ended, “any sport tourism strategy must align to the broader national priorities for economic diversification, and sport and recreation.
“Critical success factors will include clarity as to who should be driving the process, who should be funding it and clear benchmarks for success.”