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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.