Trinidad and Tobago’s tourism product continues to trend upwards with a 2.5 per cent increase in stopover visitors for the first eight months of the year when compared to the same period in 2018.
The total number of arrivals for the period stands at 267,656, said Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell, during his contribution to the 2020 Budget Debate in Parliament recently.
Notably, this increase was due in part to a five per cent visitor increase for Carnival 2019 and an overall increase of visitors from core markets such as the United States, Canada, South America and Germany, stated a release from the Ministry. Approximately 35,560 people visited the island during the 19-day period leading up to Carnival Monday.
What’s more, Tobago saw its visitor arrivals for the period increase 15.2 per cent to 15,568 people while Trinidad’s improved 1.6 per cent to 252,088.
Mitchell commended the Tobago House of Assembly and the Tobago Tourism Agency for their roles in the improvements adding that the introduction of Sunwing flights to the island also helped the performance.
The overall improved arrivals also contributed to increased spending of $12.6 per cent with the average visitor spending an estimated TT$9,180.65 for an average two-week say. Hotel room revenue also jumped to TT$545, up TT$30 million over the period.
The Minister also disclosed that “there was an increase in Carnival visitor spend this year, which amounted to approximately TT$400 million from the visitors surveyed over the ten days following Carnival Tuesday,” the release said.