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Data shows decline of Carnival visitors

This year’s Car­ni­val vis­i­tors spent a to­tal of $318 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to Camille Robin­son-Reg­is, Min­is­ter of Plan­ning of De­vel­op­ment.

How­ev­er, there was a de­cline in vis­i­tor ar­rivals from 2017 to 2018.

“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. When com­pared with the Car­ni­val pe­ri­od for 2017 (Feb­ru­ary 10 to 28), da­ta showed a 3,575 or 9.5 per cent de­crease in vis­i­tor ar­rivals to Trinidad and To­ba­go.”

A state­ment from the Min­istry of Plan­ning said 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 min­istry not­ed 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.

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

The state­ment al­so said that the CSO ad­min­is­ters 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.

The Plan­ning Min­istry added that da­ta was col­lect­ed on 2,532 peo­ple of which 1,573 peo­ple specif­i­cal­ly stat­ed that Car­ni­val was their main rea­son for vis­it­ing the is­lands. These Car­ni­val vis­i­tors spent an av­er­age of $10, 973 each, with en­ter­tain­ment and ac­com­mo­da­tion be­ing the high­est ex­pen­di­ture. The over­all av­er­age ex­pen­di­ture of all vis­i­tors for the pe­ri­od was $9, 416 each.

“When the over­all av­er­age vis­i­tor ex­pen­di­ture, $9,416 is fac­tored in­to the to­tal Car­ni­val vis­i­tor ar­rivals of 33,873 per­sons, the es­ti­mat­ed vis­i­tor ex­pen­di­ture for the Car­ni­val pe­ri­od for Trinidad and To­ba­go is $318,948,168. 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,” the state­ment said.

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