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Travel and Tourism - Trinidad and Tobago - May 2012

Trinidad and Tobago is a small player in the Caribbean tourism industry. The economy is dominated by the energy sector (oil and natural gas) and the country attracts fewer than half a million international visitors annually. Well over half of these, however, head for Tobago, with its beaches and coral reefs. In 2011, according to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), the tourism economy (direct and indirect) generated 7.4% of Trinidad and Tobago’s gross domestic product (GDP) but that is the overall percentage for the entire country. In Tobago alone, the tourism industry generated close to 40% of GDP.

The largest source market for inbound travel to Trinidad and Tobago is North America, accounting for around half of all international arrivals. The UK, with its historic and cultural ties to its one-time colony, is the second-largest source market (some 35,500 arrivals in 2010).

In 2009 and 2010, arrivals from both these source markets fell to below 2008 levels. There were several reasons – the ongoing effects of the economic recession of 2007-09, British Airways’ discontinuation of special ‘family rates’, which cut into VFR travel (visiting friends and relatives) and, in the case of the UK, an increase in air passenger duty (APD). In 2009, the UK government hiked up the APD (to £50 per person to the Caribbean) and increased it again in 2010. The 2012 UK spring budget saw yet another increase – to £75

This report provides insight into:

  • Tourist arrivals - overnights and expenditure
  • Purpose of visit - business, leisure or VFR
  • Accommodation supply - operating performance
  • Tourism policy - management
  • Transport - access and infrastructure
  • Tourism funding - promotion and future development

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Table of contents

  1. Trinidad and Tobago: Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

              • A three-in-one destination
                • Trinidad
                  • Port of Spain
                    • Other Trinidad attractions
                      • Tobago
                        • Festivals and weddings
                          • Scarborough
                            • Around Tobago
                            • Tourism and the Economy

                              • Economic overview
                                • International tourism revenues
                                  • Figure 1: Trinidad and Tobago’s international tourism revenues, 2007-11*
                                • The tourism economy and GDP
                                  • Figure 2: Travel and tourism economy, showing direct and indirect impact on GDP, selected Caribbean countries, 2011
                                • The tourism economy and employment
                                  • Figure 3: Travel and tourism economy showing direct impact on employment, 2007-11
                              • Arrivals

                                • International
                                  • Caribbean overview
                                    • Figure 4: International tourist arrivals to the Caribbean, 2006-10
                                  • Trinidad and Tobago arrivals
                                    • Figure 5: International tourist arrivals, Trinidad and Tobago, 2007-11*
                                    • Figure 6: Leading source countries for international tourist arrivals, Trinidad and Tobago, 2007-10
                                  • Domestic
                                  • Market Characteristics

                                    • International
                                      • Purpose of visit
                                        • Seasonality
                                          • Length of stay
                                            • Domestic
                                              • Purpose of visit/seasonality/length of stay
                                              • Transport

                                                • Air
                                                  • Figure 7: Passenger movements through Piarco International Airport, 2006-10
                                                  • Figure 8: Passenger arrivals and departures between Trinidad and Tobago, 2007-10
                                                • Road/Rail
                                                  • Sea
                                                    • Ferries
                                                      • Cruises
                                                        • Figure 9: Cruise passenger arrivals in Trinidad and Tobago during the cruise season*, 2006/07-2010/11
                                                    • Accommodation

                                                        • Figure 10: Room stock in Trinidad and Tobago, 2009-10*
                                                      • MICE market
                                                        • A new convention bureau
                                                        • Tourism News

                                                            • Upping the ante with Tobago
                                                            • What Next?

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                                                              Travel and Tourism - Trinidad and Tobago - May 2012

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