Tourism in Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago recorded a total of 395,000 tourists in 2017, ranking 146th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Trinidad and Tobago, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.28 tourists per resident, Trinidad and Tobago ranked 114th in the world. In Caribbean, it ranked 20th.

Trinidad and Tobago generated around 739.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 3.2 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Trinidad and Tobago from 1995 to 2017

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Trinidad and Tobago each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

The red line represents the average of all countries in Caribbean.

Tourists per year in Trinidad and Tobago

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 232.00 million USD, or about 4.4 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 260,000 tourists at that time and roughly 892 USD per person. Within 22 years, the country's dependence on tourism has decreased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 739.00 million USD, accounting for 3.3 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,871 USD for his holiday in Trinidad and Tobago.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts in Trinidad and Tobago per year

All data for Trinidad and Tobago in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPExpences per person
1995260,000232.00 m $4.4 %892 $
1996266,000262.00 m $4.5 %985 $
1997324,000344.00 m $6.0 %1,062 $
1998334,000356.00 m $5.9 %1,066 $
1999358,000365.00 m $5.4 %1,020 $
2000399,000371.00 m $4.5 %930 $
2001383,000361.00 m $4.1 %943 $
2002384,000402.00 m $4.5 %1,047 $
2003409,000437.00 m $3.9 %1,068 $
2004443,000568.00 m $4.3 %1,282 $
2005463,000593.00 m $3.7 %1,281 $
2006461,000517.00 m $2.8 %1,121 $
2007449,000621.00 m $2.9 %1,383 $
2008437,000557.00 m $2.0 %1,275 $
2009419,000548.00 m $2.9 %1,308 $
2010388,000630.00 m $2.8 %1,624 $
2011431,000650.00 m $2.6 %1,508 $
2012455,000852.00 m $3.3 %1,873 $
2013434,000856.00 m $3.2 %1,972 $
2014412,000875.00 m $3.2 %2,124 $
2015440,000809.00 m $3.2 %1,839 $
2016409,000708.00 m $3.3 %1,731 $
2017395,000739.00 m $3.3 %1,871 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.