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T&T shines at World Travel Market 2016

T&T shines at World Travel Market 2016

For the duration of WTM, the Trinidad and Tobago contingent, which comprised senior officials from the Tourism Development Company of Trinidad & Tobago and the Tobago House of Assembly, held meetings with the travel trade in source markets; hosted events to demonstrate the destination’s food, music and other cultural experiences; and held press interviews.

Team Trinidad & Tobago has declared World Travel Market 2016 a success as the final day concluded in London on Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

For the duration of WTM, the Trinidad and Tobago contingent, which comprised senior officials from the Tourism Development Company of Trinidad & Tobago and the Tobago House of Assembly held meetings with the travel trade in source markets; hosted events to demonstrate the destination’s food, music and other cultural experiences; and held press interviews with international media, including Responsible Travel, Adventure Travel Magazine, National Geographic Traveller, BBC Radio, Trip Advisor and Legardere Sports.

Dr. Lisa Indar – Director, Tourism and Health Program at CARPHA, meets with members of the executive of the UNWTO.

In an interview with the Caribbean Tourism Organization, Assemblyman Tracy Davidson-Celestine, Secretary for Tourism and Transportation and Deputy Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly shared that airlift to Tobago from Europe will be increased when Thomas Cook Airlines begins flying to Tobago from Saturday 12th November, 2016. Visitors to the Tobago would be able to book flights from Munich, Frankfurt and Manchester. Secretary Davidson-Celestine also revealed that Virgin Atlantic airlines will resume flights from the UK to Tobago in December 2016. She also noted with anticipation, the on-going negotiations to establish a Sandals resort in Tobago.

Following meetings with Mot Travel, a travel company that offers bespoke holidays throughout the Caribbean for eco-tourists and culture seekers, the company agreed to consider adding Lopinot Village to their future itineraries to Trinidad and Tobago. According to the company, Trinidad and Tobago is the most popular destination for bird watching and nature seeking tourists.


Meetings with the media also resulted in freelance journalist Rob Crossan’s planning a visit to Trinidad and Tobago in early 2016 to write a feature on the destination for monthly UK publication – Sunday Times Travel Magazine. The publication has a circulation of 57,062, and each issue features one specific destination.

On Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Dr. Lisa Indar – Director, Tourism and Health Program at the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) introduced the executive members of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to the Caribbean Tourism and Health Program and discussed how the UNWTO could collaborate with CARPHA to expose the program globally. The Tourism and Health Program was launched in Trinidad on 23rd September 2016. The main expected benefit of the THP is the enhanced health, safety and security of tourism facilities, and thus the sustainability of the long-term image and reputation of Trinidad and Tobago as a tourism destination.

Dwight Yorke presents award at Global Sports Tourism Summit. 

As the Caribbean faces intensified global competition for tourists, Trinidad and Tobago-based company, Tourism Intelligence secured a contract to develop a strategic plan on behalf of CARICOM for the region’s tourism industry.

At a WTM award ceremony, Assemblyman Tracy Davidson-Celestine presented a Responsible Tourism Award for the second consecutive year while Tobago-born tourism ambassador and former Manchester United striker, Dwight Yorke presented an award on the Global Sport Tourism Summit.


Destination Trinidad and Tobago’s booth at WTM was themed, “Retained from the past, preserved for the future, enjoyed in the present.” The theme paid homage to global travelers’ increased interest in culture and heritage and this niche, vis-à-vis our multi-cultural cuisine, festivals and unique features, attractions and way of life.

World Travel Market (WTM) took place in London from November 7–9, 2016. It is the leading global event for the travel industry to meet industry professionals and conduct business deals. Through its industry networks, unrivalled global reach, WTM London creates personal and business opportunities, providing customers with quality contacts, content and communities.

Home to the largest Carnival celebration in the Caribbean, Trinidad & Tobago is the southernmost Caribbean nation located seven miles east off the Venezuelan coast. Ranked the happiest nation in the Caribbean by the United Nations’ World Happiness Report, in 2013 and 2015, the destination’s distinct and harmonious blend of cultures, eclectic cuisine and environmental treasures continue to attract travelers of all ages to its shores. Birthplace of the limbo and the world-famous steelpan, the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century, as well as a diverse mix of monthly festivals and events, it’s little wonder that Trinidad is known as the ‘cultural capital of the Caribbean.’ Sister island Tobago offers a quintessential Caribbean vibe with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco attractions. Tobago is home to the largest brain coral in the Western Hemisphere and the oldest protected reserve in the Western hemisphere, The Main Ridge Rainforest. Come and explore Trinidad and Tobago-the true Caribbean!

For more information on Trinidad & Tobago, visit goTrinidadandTobago.com or visittobago.gov.tt

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PHOTO: Assemblyman Tracey Davidson-Celestine, Secretary for Tourism and Transportation and Deputy Chief Secretary at the Tobago House of Assembly answers media questions.

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