Tobago forecasts 236% increase in tourist arrivals this season

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 15:30

The 2017-2018 cruise season is setting up to be the most successful in terms of passenger arrivals in Tobago’s history, Tobago tourism officials have said.

By the time the season closes next month, Tobago is projected to have received close to 80,000 cruise passengers.

It’s an increase of over 236 percent from the 2016-2017 season, when 23,821 cruise passengers visited the island.

Secretary of Tourism, Culture and Transportation Nadine Stewart-Phillips said this is “great news” for the island, which is working to stimulate growth in the tourism industry.

“It is clear that Tobago has made significant progress within the cruise sector,” Stewart-Phillips said, “a fact that has positively impacted the island’s tourism business unit, and it is our intention to maintain this momentum moving forward.”

The island has so far had 55 cruise ships call from the UK, the US and France this season. And there is optimism that the successful berthing of the two largest vessels to visit, the “MS Fantasia” and the “MV Britannia”, will attract more large vessels to the island in the future.

The MV Britannia has made seven calls to date in 2017-2018, bringing 24,269 passengers in total to Tobago.