Tourism Trinidad has unveiled plans to grow visitor arrivals by seven per cent over the coming financial year. In total, the island hopes to welcome 380,000 overseas visitors over the coming 12 months, while also attaining an average hotel occupancy rate of 64 per cent.
Caribbean entrepreneur John Jefferis is celebrating his 50th anniversary in the hospitality industry – one of just a select few hoteliers to reach the milestone.
Thomas Cook Airlines’ inaugural Tobago flight took off earlier, reinforcing its 17-route-strong long-haul portfolio, which already makes it the largest carrier to the USA from Manchester. At the start of their journey to the island’s amazing hotels and beaches, customers were treated to a steel band and carnival dancers at check-in and more music, food and cocktails at the departure gate.
Highlighting its commitment to agent training, Trinidad & Tobago has launched a new online programme under the Travel Uni portal. Called ‘Learn Trinbago,’ the new learning platform heralds the destination’s 2016 agent training schedule, which will also include a mega FAM to the islands in the summer and more on-the-road training.
Shamfa Cudjoe has been appointed to the role of Trinidad & Tobago’s new minister of tourism. Her appointment follows the recent elections and change of government on the twin island nation. Originally from Tobago, minister Cudjoe is excited by her new portfolio - and her initial priorities will focus on improving transportation links between Trinidad and Tobago as well as developing initiatives to improve the local tourism product.
Trinidad & Tobago ministry of tourism, in collaboration with the Trinidad & Tobago Incoming Tour Operators Association, has launched a sustainable eco-tourism trail project that will enable residents, visitors and nature enthusiasts to enjoy and experience more of the dual island’s fascinating and natural beauty. Over the next five years, the ministry will work with local residents and communities to resuscitate and restore around 1,000 kilometres of untouched landscape, starting in the lush and mountainous regions of Blanchisseuse and Chaguaramas in the north coast of Trinidad.
The dual-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago, best known for its island friendliness and unique blend of modern hospitality and traditional charm, has unveiled a wealth of news for the upcoming tourism season. Developments include brand new hotel options, activities for all travel styles and an eclectic mix of cultural events that are derived from the destination’s diversity and history. Here Breaking Travel News takes a look at what’s hot in this leading destination.
Virgin Atlantic has confirmed it will be offering services from London Gatwick Airport to the island of Tobago from March 2015. The airline will be resuming flights to the southern Caribbean island with weekly departures between March and October, and twice weekly departures between October and March. The flights were originally cancelled in March this year.
The Tobago House of Assembly has revealed an increase in the winter flight services of both British Airways and Monarch Airlines. As of October 26th, two additional BA flights will operate via Antigua to the island of Tobago, increasing capacity on the route by 100 per cent to meet demand. This is closely followed by an additional direct weekly Monarch Airlines flight, which commences on December 16th 2014.
Trinidad and Tobago has become UNWTO’s 156th Member State as the country rejoins the Organization after 35 years. The announcement was made by the Secretary General, Taleb Rifai, at the opening of the 55th Meeting of the UNWTO Commission for the Americas in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Trinidad & Tobago will host the next Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) conference on Sustainable Tourism Development in 2013, the CTO has announced. In a symbolic passing of the baton, deputy permanent secretary at the Trinidad & Tobago ministry of tourism, Raye Sandy, received the CTO Sustainable Tourism Mahogany Scroll from Guyana’s tourism minister, Irfaan Ali, at the closing of STC-13.
Rupert Griffith, minister of tourism, Trinidad & Tobago, tells Breaking Travel News about the destination’s new focus on tourism.