T&T tourism arrivals down in first quarter of 2019

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    Tourist stop-over arrivals to Trinidad and Tobago declined in the first quarter of 2019, as compared to the same period in 2018.

    This dip was recorded by the Caribbean Tourism Organization in its Tourism Industry Review for January to March.

    For the overall Caribbean, there was a healthy 12 per cent increase in tourist arrivals, driven by the US market’s 4.5 million tourist visits.

    1.5 million Canadians also visited the region in the first quarter, representing a 4 per cent rise.

    However, in the report, it stated that T&T had 104,841 stop-over arrivals for the period, a drop of 2.2 per cent, while Cruise Passenger Visits were 62,371, down 29.3 percent.

    The CTO though, noted that T&T’s figures in the report represented ‘Air Arrivals by Nationality’.

    Meanwhile, the Caribbean Tourism Organization says between January and March this year there were 9.1 million international tourist trips to the Caribbean, up by 970,000 over the corresponding period last year.

    The arrivals boom extended to the cruise sector as well, with a single quarter record 10.7 million cruise passengers visits, an increase of 9.9 per cent.

    The United States was the strongest performing market with 4.5 million tourist visits while Canada’s 1.5 million visits represented a strong four per cent rise.

    Click to view the report –> Tourism Industry Review – March 2019