Welcome aboard Tom
Don’t worry; I’m not getting soft in my old age.
My post was intended solely to announce the publication of our review of the Tobago Cocoa Estate. I am sorry that my frustrations showed and that I included that second paragraph. Apart from anything else, it is unfair on Duane Dove of Tobago Cocoa to associate such allegations/suggestions with a post about his plantation because he had nothing to do with my comments.
I had heard about the Rausch situation before visiting the cocoa estate. I asked Duane about it and it was clearly something he was embarrassed by and didn’t want to discuss. This more or less confirmed what I had already been told. He confirmed that he did not provide beans to Rausch & Rausch or know who did. There was no point in causing further embarrassment, so I dropped the subject; it was totally irrelevant to a review about a visitor attraction.
Yes, it does seem that there is some association between the TDC/THA and Rausch & Rausch of Germany via their German-based marketing representative. What I can’t figure is why they would claim that the cocoa beans come from Tobago if they don’t. It just doesn’t make sense.
Perhaps I can ask any other readers based in Tobago (or elsewhere) to let me know if that have any knowledge of where, or if, Rausch & Rausch source their cocoa beans for their ‘Tobago’ chocolate.
No, I have not raised the matter with the tourism department. The simple and astonishing fact is that I have had NO meaningful contact with the THA tourism department since Neil Wilson left office a few years back. Despite more than 40% of all overseas parties using myTobago.info at some stage during their holiday research, and a readership greater than the combined total of EVERY website on, or about, Tobago, I have never had a reply to a single email sent to Oswald Williams (Secretary of Tourism) or his department. Why waste my time writing to them again? They show nothing but contempt for my efforts! I shouldn’t be surprised: this is a department that refuses entry to their head office by tourists dressed in conventional tourist clothing (sandals, shorts, etc). Frankly, that says it all. What hope is there for Tobago with mind-sets like this?