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Port of Spain hotels reporting 100% occupancy rates for Carnival 2020

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If you are thinking about booking a hotel room in or around Port-of-Spain for your friends and family to come for Carnival 2020 then think again.

Because, according to Tourism Trinidad Ltd (TTL), there is no room at the inn.

A release from TTL yesterday said hotels within the Port-of-Spain and surrounding environs are presently witnessing a 100 per cent occupancy rate for Carnival 2020.

In fact, some accommodation properties indicated they were completely sold out since June last year, TTL stated.

“Indeed, guests have already began to make bookings for Carnival 2021. This year’s January and Carnival season is even better than in 2019 as there have been very few booking cancellations,” it stated.

Tourism Minister Randall Mitchell, together with TTL chairman Howard Chin Lee, and TTL’s chief executive officer, Heidi Alert, hosted a forum for hoteliers on January 22, to speak to Carnival 2020 expectations and also to address any concerns and challenges within the Trinidad’s accommodation sector.

This meeting, which is a first in a series of hotel fora, was held at Tower D Level 18 Conference Room of the International Waterfront Centre.

At the meeting there was “strong widespread commitment” from the hoteliers to work with the Government in collaborating to drive the growth of visitor arrivals in the off-peak months, especially for hotel properties outside of the capital city who have been impacted by the changes in the oil and gas sector, TTL stated.

“The hoteliers urged TTL to proactively bid to host conferences and have a stronger marketing presence in world renowned conferences and other business shows such as IMEX in Las Vegas.

“Moreover, it was pointed that more effort must be placed on maximising the potential of sports tourism in Trinidad, especially for winter team training, given the high-quality facilities at our Aquatic Centre and Cycling Velodrome and the country’s reputation for hosting and managing successful regional and international events,” it stated.

“This high-level engagement with prominent hotels in Trinidad came at a time when the island has enjoyed a 3.3 per cent increase in arrivals in 2019 in comparison to 2018; after three consecutive years of decline (2016, 2017 and 2018). Arrivals increased in every month in 2019 except for January; the largest increase occurred in the month of October 2019 (+15 per cent),” the TTL stated.

A total of 367,119 visitors were welcomed to Trinidad in 2019.

This was an increase of 11,588 tourists.

“While we celebrate these small wins, we must now look forward to building on these achievements in 2020, as we continue to work with our valued industry partners and stakeholders, to further develop and enhance Trinidad’s tourism product,” Mitchell stated.