From left, Joseph Ross, minister of tourism; David Constant, manager Trinidad and Tobago Convention Bureau and Rick Taylor, CEO, The Business Tourism Company, South Africa, at the launch of the three-day Business Tourism Workshop hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Convention Bureau at the Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre from Sept. 2-4.

David Constant, who worked in Mayor Shirley Franklin’s office from 2002-08 and holds degrees from two Atlanta-based universities, has moved back to Trinidad and Tobago to head up its Convention Bureau.

Mr. Constant told GlobalAtlanta in an email that he is responsible for increasing the number of events, meetings and conferences held on the islands on behalf of the Ministry of Tourism.

Trinidad’s profile as a convention site was raised by the Summit of the Americas, which was attended by President Obama and 33 other democratically elected officials in April.

That profile is about to get another boost in November when the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting draws to the islands the leaders of 53 Commonwealth nations, most of which were members of the British empire.

“The Convention Bureau will serve as a ‘one-stop’ shop for independent information and assistance, and will seek to give meeting planners unbiased and neutral advice on all aspects of hosting and organizing conventions and business events,” Mr. Constant wrote.

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Mr. Constant came to Atlanta in 1998 to attend Morehouse College from which he graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degree in international studies and Spanish. He later attended the Georgia Institute of Technology where he completed a master’s of science degree in international affairs in 2003.

His last position in the mayor’s office was as international affairs manager, which was eliminated due to budget cuts at City Hall. “I will never forget Atlanta’s charm, hospitality and how welcomed I felt during my time there,” he added.

He also said that he would help strengthen the Sister City ties that have linked Atlanta to Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago’s capital, since 1987.

“I will actively promote stronger economic ties between Georgia and Trinidad and Tobago,” he said. “I look forward to strengthening the existing ties and forming new ties in Georgia, in particular encouraging them to host corporate and association meetings in Trinidad and Tobago.”

To learn more about Trinidad and Tobago’s Convention Bureau, go to

Mr. Constant may be reached by sending an email to