Friday 20 September, 2019

Doubles, J'Ouvert welcome Carnival visitors at Piarco

Carnival arrivals are treated to a display of traditional Carnival characters at the Piarco International Airport on Thursday. Photo via Facebook, The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.

Carnival arrivals are treated to a display of traditional Carnival characters at the Piarco International Airport on Thursday. Photo via Facebook, The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.

Tourists visiting Trinidad and Tobago for Carnival 2018 can expect the royal treatment as the Tourism Ministry plans to get the party started from the moment visitors touch down at the Piarco International Airport.

The Ministry, along with the Airports Authority and Caribbean Airlines are all set to give the guests a taste of the country’s largest cultural showcase.

From the moment they exit the Customs area, there will be a steelpan band, traditional Carnival characters, costumed masqueraders and a DJ playing the latest soca hits.

Tours, free doubles and giveaways - including tickets to Carnival events and return trips to Trinidad and Tobago - are all on offer for the Carnival guests.

Activities kicked off yesterday afternoon. On Thursday, visitors received a first-hand taste of J’ouvert in the airport from 4am – 8am.

A craft market at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) hosted by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Tourism until Friday will showcase local craft. “We Craft, We Culture” is open from 10 am on all three days.

For the Carnival week, Trinidad welcomes two cruise calls – one from the Saga Sapphire on Thursday and the other from The Hamburg on Saturday. The Hamburg will remain in port until Sunday.

Tours have already been booked by local tour operators.

Additionally, two Ministry of Tourism information booths will provide easy access to residents and visitors, not only with Carnival specific information; but also tips on all the recreational opportunities available in the country all year round.

One booth will be set up on the Brian Lara Promenade and the other will be located at the Queen’s Park Savannah opposite Dundonald Street. Both booths will operate from Carnival Saturday, until Carnival Tuesday.

Visitors and locals alike can visit the visit the Ministry of Tourism’s Facebook page and download the Ministry of Tourism’s GoTrinBago App for further information on all Carnival related and other activities.

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