Trinidad and Tobago, a twin-island Republic, offers a diversified tourism product mix. Trinidad, the larger of the two islands, is the commercial and entertainment center of the Caribbean. Tobago is a prime ecological destination, in contrast to the energized and fast paced environment of Trinidad. The spirit of Tobago is unique and beckons you to invest in its adventure and relaxation.
Access by Air
Piarco International Airport, Trinidad (POS)
- POS is the primary hub and operating base of Caribbean Airlines Limited
- 16 international airlines serve 29 international destinations out of POS
- 4 international airlines operate out of TAB
T&T is connected to North America, Latin America and Europe through direct flights from the UK, Germany, Scandinavia, USA and Barbados.
- Airlines operating out of the Piarco International Airport (POS) include American Airlines, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, United Airlines, Insel Air, Venezolana Airlines, Copa Airlines, Liat, Conviasa Airlines, Surinam Airways, JetBlue Airways, West Jet Airlines, Laser Airlines, Rutaca Airline
- Airlines operating out of ANR Robinson International Airport (TAB) include British Airways, Condor, Monarch, Caribbean Airlines
T&T has an accommodation capacity of around 7,000 rooms, of which roughly 46% are of 3-star and 4-star grade. Most of the lodging in Trinidad consist of hotels, guest houses and bed & breakfast establishments, while in Tobago there are also villas, apartments and condos. A feasibility study conducted by the Tourism Development Company shows that there is opportunity for 2,200 more 4-star and 5-star grade rooms on both islands.
T&T citizens and residents travel to and from both islands regularly for business or seasonal getaways. Connected by a quick 20-minute flight, the islands attract an estimated 626,654 domestic tourists (latest figures from 2013) as many hotels offer discounted rates for local residents.
Why invest in Tourism?
In the Caribbean World Travel & Living Awards 2016, T&T placed 1st in 3 categories:
- Best Honeymoon Islands of the Year
- Best Golf Islands of the Year
- Best Carnival Islands of the Year
Two of Tobago’s hotels also won awards. Coco Reef Resort and Spa won Best Luxury Resort of the Year as well as Best Business Resort of the Year. Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort won Best Beach and Golf Resort of the Year.
Carnival – A Major Tourist Attraction
Known as the biggest street party on earth, Trinidad’s Carnival attracts thousands of visitors each year and is the country’s key driver for tourism. Masqueraders flood the streets for two days before Ash Wednesday in boldly-coloured costumes and feathers to the exhilarating sounds of soca music, steel pan and calypso.
An Eco-Tourist’s haven
T&T’s biodiversity is unique and highly attractive to tourists seeking varied natural experiences. Mountains and savannahs, rainforests, fresh and salt water groves offer a thriving environment for over 450 types of birds, over 620 types of butterflies, around 100 types of mammals as well as more than 2,500 plant species, of which 700 alone are orchids.
Tobago is home to the oldest rainforest in the western hemisphere and is one of the most sought after islands in the southern Caribbean by dive enthusiasts.
Visitors are attracted to many intriguing sights and historical landmarks in T&T such as the Magnificent Seven (a group of old mansions situated around the Queen’s Park Savannah), Caroni Bird Sanctuary, Wild Fowl Trust and the Pitch Lake.
Located on the calm northwestern peninsula of Trinidad lies Chaguaramas, an attractive, eco-friendly site that offers investment and entertainment opportunities.
Trained Hospitality Workforce
Local hospitality schools produce an ample supply of skilled people to meet an increasing demand by hoteliers.