He gave this grim forecast for the sector today while responding to the 2011\2012 THA budget which was presented by Finance Secretary, Dr Anslem London on Tuesday.
Tourism continues to be Tobago’s main income earner with agriculture also contributing to its economy.
The Assembly is asking for 3.9 billion dollars to run the island’s affairs.
Last year the THA requested 3.5 billion dollars but received 1.9 billion from Central government.
Mr Jack complained not enough emphasis has been placed on the sector by the PNM led Assembly to ensure it remains viable and competitive; a situation he warned would put the livelihood many people and the industry in danger.
He argued moves taken by the Assembly to market and promote the island are late in coming.