Tobago last night welcomed the inaugural flight of the Kuoni-Apollo charter from Scandinavia to the ANR Robinson International Airport. Approximately 240 passengers from Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark arrived on the island for a two-week stay.
Tourism Secretary Tracy Davidson-Celestine told the Express the Division of Tourism worked alongside personnel at the airport and Customs and Immigration officials to ensure the visitors were processed as efficiently as possible last evening.
“The Scandinavian market is the third largest outbound travel market in Europe. The Division of Tourism and Transportation has identified this region as a lucrative source market for destination Tobago and it has been actively pursuing visitors from these European countries,” Davidson-Celestine told the Express.
She said the introduction of the new route was a significant milestone in the Division’s quest to develop Tobago’s tourism industry.
“The charter will operate weekly out of Stockholm and every second week out of Copenhagen with connecting flights in Norway and Finland. It is anticipated that tourist arrivals from this region could increase by up to 25 per cent as a result of this new service,” she said. The number of confirmed visitors who have booked their two-week holiday to Tobago for this winter season currently stands at 2,489, coming from Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark.