Saturday 14 December, 2019

Visitor arrivals declined for Carnival 2018

Visitor arrivals and expenditure declined for Carnival 2018.

In a release from Camille Robinson-Regis, Minister of Planning of Development, the total visitor arrivals to Trinidad and Tobago were 33,873 persons, with Trinidad recording 31,877 and Tobago 1,996 for the period under review.

The release said when compared with the Carnival period for 2017 (February 10 to 28 ), data showed a 3,575 or 9.5 percent decrease in visitor arrivals to Trinidad and Tobago. There were 37, 448 arrivals in 2017.

The release explained that visitor arrivals for the Carnival period consist of the 19 days prior to the Carnival celebration including Carnival Monday and Tuesday. Data on visitor arrivals were monitored from January 26  to February 13, 2018. The information is based on administrative data received from the Immigration Division of the Ministry of National Security as well as data collected by the CSO in February 2018 for the Survey of Departing Visitors (SODV).

The release said the week immediately preceding Carnival Monday and Tuesday (February 5 to 11) registered 14,291 or 42.2 percent of the total arrivals for the period.  The largest number of visitors during this week were recorded on Carnival Thursday (February 8) with 3, 035 visitors.

On the topic of expenditure, the release said Carnival visitors spent an average of $TT10, 973 per visitor, with entertainment and accommodation being the highest expenditure. The overall average expenditure of all visitors for the period was $TT9, 416 per visitor.

"The CSO administers the Survey of Departing Visitors (SODV) for the 10 days after Carnival Tuesday (February 14 to 23, 2018) with a view to monitoring the expenditure patterns of visitors for the Carnival period in both Trinidad and Tobago. Data was collected on 2,532 persons of which 1,573 persons specifically stated that Carnival was their main reason for visiting the islands," the release said.

"When the overall average visitor expenditure (TT$9,416) is factored into the total Carnival visitor arrivals (33,873 persons), the estimated visitor expenditure for the Carnival period for Trinidad and Tobago is TT$ 318,948,168. It was TT$334, 897, 464.00 in 2017.

The Ministry said it should be noted that this figure is only representative of visitor expenditure and not necessarily total contribution of Carnival to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Trinidad and Tobago."

Comparison of carnival arrivals and expenditure 2014 to 2017

Carnival Arrivals are counted as Visitor Arrivals into the country in the 19 days leading up to Carnival Tuesday (inclusive of Carnival Monday and Tuesday).

Total Arrivals:


2015: 38,624

2016: 35,483

2917: 37,448

2018: 33,873

Total Expenditure

2014: $302,518,503

2015: $321,246,803

2016: $340,530,351

2017: $ 334, 897, 464.00.

2018: $318,948,168

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