Trinidad and Tobago: Where the World Meets

Touted as one of the best Caribbean islands to do business by several industry reports, and often  referred to as the “Business Capital of the Southern Caribbean”, Trinidad and Tobago offers something unique for the most discerning meeting planner.

Where else can business, local culture, gastronomy, and indigenous festivals all meet in one place? It, therefore, comes as no surprise that Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) has become known as one of the leading destinations for conferences and meetings in the Caribbean, playing host to many international meetings, such as the annual Energy Conference, which have been known to attract hundreds of visitors from around the world.

With a modern telecommunications and infrastructure system and several internationally renowned hotel brands such as the Hyatt Regency, Hilton, Radisson, Marriott and Holiday Inn, each providing modern conference and meeting facilities,  T&T has cemented its position as  an  ideal location for your next conference, meeting, or event.

Additionally, the destination is home to several other locally owned conference facilities such as the MovieTowne Conference and Banquet Centre; Dr. Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence, one of the largest indoor event spaces on the island; Drew Manor and the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), all of which provide the meeting planner with suitable and in some cases unique options for a meeting or conference.

The country’s capital city of Port of Spain, the hub for most conferences and meetings, offers delegates many exciting options for food and recreation.  With a vibrant nightlife and social scene on the island and a wide array of restaurants, bars and nightclubs, delegates will immerse themselves in the energy, warmth and hospitality of the T&T people. Decades old historical buildings and attractions and diverse festivals also add to the overall conference experience striking the perfect balance between business and leisure culminating in a memorable conference or event.

The Trinidad and Tobago Convention Bureau (TTCB) acts as a liaison between meeting planners and local suppliers and offers a number of complimentary services. These services include site inspections, conference publicity, airport meet and greet, welcome packages for delegates, and coordination of tours. Tobago, sister isle to Trinidad also has much to offer and is often promoted as the perfect pre or post conference tour option, with its tranquil beaches and award winning eco-tourism.  However, Tobago is quickly gaining a reputation for meetings or corporate retreats as a number of hotels on the island have meeting facilities, including the newly refurbished Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort which features over 5500 square feet of conference space and the brand new Shaw Park Complex which will significantly boost the MICE market in the destination.

In 2015, the Caribbean Medical Providers Practicing Abroad (CMPPA) Conference is headed to Tobago after a very positive 2014 conference experience in Trinidad. Also carded for 2015, are several other highly anticipated conferences, including the inaugural International Conference and Panorama (ICP) on August 4-9, 2015, hosted by Pan Trinbago and supported by the Trinidad and Tobago Convention Bureau.

As part of its marketing and promotions activities the TTCB will embark on its first North American Road Show visiting three key cities; New York, Washington D.C. and Atlanta;  to boost T&T’s profile as a conference and events destination. North America represents Trinidad & Tobago’s number one source market for meetings and conferences.

As a player with boundless potential, T&T is quickly becoming known in the international MICE market, as one of the best Caribbean destinations for conferences and meetings. As such, the TTCB is prepared to serve all meeting planners looking to make Trinidad and Tobago their next host destination for international events.

For more information, please contact the Trinidad & Tobago Convention Bureau at conventionbureau@tdc.co.tt or 1-868-675-7034-7 or visit their website at www.gotrinidadandtobago.com/trinidad/meetings

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