Tourism

Tourism

Tourism in Trinidad and Tobago offers a diversified product mix particular to each island. Trinidad, the larger of the two islands, is the commercial and entertainment center of the Caribbean. In contrast to the energized and fast-paced environment of Trinidad, Tobago is a prime ecological destination that beckons you to partake in its adventure and relaxation.

Industry Facts

  • 2

    International airports
  • 408,782

    International tourists in 2015
  • 79,317

    Cruise passenger arrivals in 2015
  • 37,448

    T&T Carnival 2017 visitors
  • 56%

    Of Tobago's workforce engaged in the tourism industry
  • 70-90°F

    Sub-tropical rainforest (21°C – 32°C) all year round
  • 117

    Estimated tourist sites and attractions

Key Players

T&T’s diverse tourism eco-system includes many organizations and bodies that provide vital infrastructural support in the areas of Accommodation/Hospitality, Food & Beverage, Attractions, Transport, Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events (MESE) and Tourism Services. Top international brands have an established presence on the islands and add to the luxurious villas, full-service hotels, quaint bed and breakfast establishments, and guesthouses available throughout.

 

Access by Air

Piarco International Airport, Trinidad (POS)

  • POS is the primary hub and operating base of Caribbean Airlines Limited
  • 14 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 by direct flights from major cities in UK, Germany, Scandinavia, USA, Panama 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, Surinam Airways, JetBlue Airways, West Jet Airlines, Rutaca Airlines, Air Canada, Aeropostale

Airlines operating out of ANR Robinson International Airport (TAB) include British Airways, Condor, Monarch, Caribbean Airlines

Source: www.tntairports.com

Accommodation

T&T has an accommodation capacity of approximately 7,000 rooms. Most of the lodging in Trinidad consists of hotels, guest houses and bed & breakfast establishments, while in Tobago villas, hotels and apartments comprise the majority.

Domestic Tourism

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 T&T for this industry?

Trinidad and Tobago has identified and is actively promoting the development of niche markets for Cruise, Festivals and Events, Dive, Ecotourism, Weddings and Honeymoons, Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE), Shopping, Sports and Yachting.

Award-Winning Destination

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 YearMagdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort won Best Beach and Golf Resort of the Year.

Source: Tourism Development Company

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 to the exhilarating sounds of soca music, steel pan and calypso.

Source: gotrinidadandtobago.com

An Eco-Tourist’s Haven

T&T’s biodiversity is unique and highly attractive to tourists seeking varied natural experiences. The country’s mountains, savannahs, rainforests and fresh and salt water groves are home to 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. Tobago’s marine treasures include shipwrecks, 300 species of coral, whale sharks, the giant Atlantic manta ray and turtles.

Source: Tourism Development Company

Business & Leisure

Port of Spain is a leading location for Meetings, Incentives, Conventions & Events. The islands have some of the largest conference facilities in the Southern Caribbean making it easy to visit for business and stay for pleasure.

Picturesque Landmarks

Visitors are attracted to many intriguing sights and historical landmarks in T&T such as the Magnificent Seven (a group of colonial mansions situated around the Queen’s Park Savannah)Caroni Bird SanctuaryWild 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

Trinidad and Tobago has well-equipped training facilities for the hospitality and tourism industry.

The Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Training Institute (TTHTI) has two campuses, one located at Chaguaramas, Trinidad and the other at Mt. St. George, Tobago. The Institute provides craft, culinary, hotel operations, tour guiding, supervisory, management and related tourism training for the ever-growing tourism industry.

Undergraduate degrees in Hospitality and Tour Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Hotel Management and Tourism Management are offered at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus and ensure a professional labour pool for this industry.

Source -Trinidad and Tobago Investment Guide -TDC

Investment Opportunities

Blue Haven Hotel

An idyllic location on a majestic cliff surrounded by the azure blue sea, the property combines the atmosphere and ambience of the old days with modern living. It is for immediate sale with many benefits to the investor.

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Las Cuevas Estate

The Las Cuevas Estate located on the north coast of Trinidad and Tobago has best been described as the ‘Jewel’ of the Southern Caribbean and is indeed a prime mode for the development of 2 high value, high quality resorts.

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