THA: Easter occupancy 60-80% in some hotels; CAL transported over 13,000

The Tobago House of Assembly (THA) says that notwithstanding the challenges in the accommodation sector, some major and small properties in Tobago reported between 60 to 80 percent occupancy over the Easter weekend.

The THA says this included both international and domestic visitors to the destination.

In a statement issued Thursday, the THA Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation said that according to Caribbean Airlines (CAL), over 13,000 passengers were transported between Trinidad and Tobago during the “Easter peak period” of March 29 to April 02, 2018.

Additionally, the airline reported that on Wednesday April 4, approximately 2040 passengers were moved from Tobago to Port of Spain.

Of this number, approximately 1069 passengers were without confirmed bookings.

Caribbean Airlines added 11 flights to facilitate this movement of passengers.

The Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation is commending CAL for responding favourably to demands during this peak season and is thanking visitors for choosing Tobago for their Easter vacation.

The THA said that for yet another year, Destination Tobago was bustling with activity as the island hosted a series of exciting Easter activities, including the longstanding, annual tradition of goat racing.

"There was no shortage of events to attend over the long Easter weekend, with the 46th Annual Sports Festival attracting crowds to the Mt. Pleasant Recreational Grounds on Easter Monday, and then the 93rdAnnual Goat and Crab Race Festival bringing the excitement to the seaside village of Buccoo," it said.

President of the Carnbee/Mt. Pleasant Village Council Jean Scott-Henry said that while this year’s activities were affected by the sea-bridge issue, the Mt. Pleasant Sports Day was still staged successfully.

Meanwhile, President of the Buccoo Village Council expressed similar sentiments regarding the popular Buccoo Goat and Crab Race Festival.

Chance said the day started off slowly but later in the day they witnessed a crowd that seemed as big as last year’s.

The Village Council President added that special use was made of social media platforms, in particular, this year, to deal with budgetary shortfalls.