The 2017-2018 cruise season is setting up to be the most successful in terms of passenger arrivals in Tobago’s history, Tobago tourism officials have said.
By the time the season closes next month, Tobago is projected to have received close to 80,000 cruise passengers.
It’s an increase of over 236 percent from the 2016-2017 season, when 23,821 cruise passengers visited the island.
Secretary of Tourism, Culture and Transportation Nadine Stewart-Phillips said this is “great news” for the island, which is working to stimulate growth in the tourism industry.
The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) says that notwithstanding the challenges in the accommodation sector, some major and small properties in Tobago reported between 60 to 80 percent occupancy over the Easter weekend.
The THA says this included both international and domestic visitors to the destination.
In a statement issued Thursday, the THA Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation said that according to Caribbean Airlines (CAL), over 13,000 passengers were transported between Trinidad and Tobago during the “Easter peak period” of March 29 to April 02, 2018.