Friday, July 21, 2017

CSO: More visitors for Carnival than last year


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MORE than 37,000 people visited Trinidad and Tobago over the 2017 Carnival season, an increase over last year.
This is according to information from the Central Statistical Office (CSO).
In a statement yesterday, the CSO said visitor arrivals for the Carnival period 2017 were monitored for 19 days, from February 10 to 28.
Of the 37,448 arrivals, Trinidad recorded 35,269 visits and Tobago saw 2,179.
The CSO said data collected from its Survey of Departing Visitors (SODV) showed the average expenditure of visitors was approximately $8,943.
The country would have earned more than $334 million of visitor expenditure over the 19-day period, the CSO stated.
However, it said this was not the total contribution of Carnival to T&T’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis reiterated this in the CSO’s statement, saying: “The visitor earnings provided reflect a small segment of the Carnival celebrations over a brief period and not the entire income earned from our cultural celebrations. There is considerable potential for Carnival and our local festivals to significantly contribute to the growth and diversification of Trinidad and Tobago’s economy.”
Robinson-Regis said the Government, in partnership with several other agencies, is seeking to determine the net economic benefits of Carnival via a Carnival Economic Impact Assessment which is already underway.
Visitor arrivals for Carnival 2017 reflected an increase over the previous year.
In 2016, 35,483 visitors were recorded over a 19-day period.
Of those visits, 33,471 were to Trinidad and 2,012 to Tobago.
However, visitors spent more on average, with the SODV reporting visitor expenditure at approximately $9,597.