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.
394,650International tourists in 2017
91,460Cruise passenger arrivals in Quarter 1, 2018
33,873T&T Carnival 2018 visitors
56%Of Tobago's workforce engaged in the tourism industry
70-90°FSub-tropical rainforest (21°C – 32°C) all year round
117Estimated tourist sites and attractions
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
In the Caribbean World Travel & Living Awards 2016, T&T placed 1st in 3 categories:
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.
Source: Tourism Development Company
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.
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
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.
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 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
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