Happy new year, all! A new year means that the latest edition of Discover Trinidad & Tobago is now available, in print and online, having been distributed locally and overseas last month.
Published every year since 1991 — and the only local magazine publishing unbrokenly for 27 years — the 29th edition of Discover T&T helps readers discover where to stay, dine, lime, party, and shop; and what to see (including the islands’ best sites) and experience (festivals, arts and culture, sports, and eco escapes), in both islands. There’s also a national calendar of events; info on getting here and getting around; tips for safe and sustainable travel; T&T history and society in a nutshell, maps; and more. Discover T&T is aimed at local and international explorers planning getaways to the islands — whether for an eco adventure, business trip, or beach holiday.
For the third edition in the row, the magazine features a distinctive dual-cover design, with one cover for each island — a ruby topaz hummingbird photographed in the Arima Valley (photograph by Wendell Stephen Jay Reyes) and the relaxing scene of someone lounging atop a glass-bottom boat in the Nylon Pool (photograph by Tarique Eastman).
Discover Trinidad & Tobago is part of a larger publishing success story in T&T, where magazines and publishers often fold rapidly. It was the first magazine project of Media & Editorial Projects Ltd (MEP Publishers), which itself celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016. Its other flagship publication, Caribbean Beat, marked its silver anniversary in March of 2017.
“To start with, it was just me and Jo and a tiny office … [Co-founder Joanne Mendes] selling the ads and me writing the content from scratch. That was 1990,” explained MEP co-founder and veteran journalist Jeremy Taylor, who was also Discover T&T’s founding editor. “Discover was MEP’s first regular publication … There were no other systematic visitor guides to T&T available then, and it really felt we were breaking new ground.”
The market is much more saturated and the economic headwinds more sustained these days, but MEP always has an eye to the future. “We aim to be wherever our readers are, so we’ve focused not only on having a portable print edition, but also on our web and mobile presence,” explained Caroline Taylor, the magazine’s current editor. “All our content is reproduced on our website, which we’re expanding to include more regular coverage and features. We also launched a companion mobile app in 2016, so readers can download issues for offline use.”
Read online or download to your smartphone or tablet
Click here to download the latest edition — as well as the last several issues — to your smartphone or tablet via Magzter for free! Read it any time, anywhere, with or without an internet connection! And you can click here to view the latest issue on Issuu.