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.

Investment Opportunities

Tobago

Arnos Vale Estate - Award-winning, boutique hotel in a former thriving sugar plantation. Explore this opportunity

Blue Haven Hotel - An hotel in an idyllic location on a majestic cliff surrounded by the azure blue sea. Explore this opportunity

King Peter's Bay & Cotton Bay - Resort located along a sheltered Caribbean coast on the island of Tobago. Explore this opportunity

Speyside - Village with some of the best coral reefs on the island of Tobago, and a popular dive site. Explore this opportunity

The Inez - The property’s location offers scenic ocean views. It is ideally suited for a 5-star beach resort with up to 500 rooms, or a city/sports centre. Explore this opportunity

Trinidad

Gulf View - 1.8 acres of land ideally suited as a 4-star business hotel and conference centre, particularly as South Trinidad is a business hub for the local energy industry. More details

Industry Facts

  • 2

    International airports
  • 394,650

    International tourists in 2017
  • 91,460

    Cruise passenger arrivals in Quarter 1, 2018
  • 33,873

    T&T Carnival 2018 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

Access by Air

Piarco International Airport (POS) is the primary hub and operating base of Caribbean Airlines Limited. POS operates with 14 international airlines serving 29 international destinations, and connecting Trinidad & Tobago to connected to North America, Latin America, and Europe by direct flights from major cities in UK, Germany, Scandinavia, USA, Panama, and Barbados (Source).

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.

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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.

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:

  • Best Luxury Resort of the Year (Coco Reef Resort and Spa)
  • ​Best Business Resort of the Year (Coco Reef Resort and Spa)
  • Best Beach and Golf Resort of the Year (Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort)

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 colored costumes to the exhilarating sounds of soca music, steel pan and calypso. (Source)

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

The 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

The Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Training Institute (TTHTI) has two campuses, one located in Chaguaramas (Trinidad), and the other located 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 & Tour Management, Hospitality & Tourism Management, and Hotel Management & Tourism Management are taught at the University of the West Indies in the St. Augustine Campus to ensure a professional labor pool for this industry. (Source: Trinidad and Tobago Investment Guide)

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