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Most tourists to Tobago from Trinidad
There are stark differences in the origin of international visitors to Tobago and those to Trinidad, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) observed in its quarterly bulletin to stakeholders released January 31.
In the same bulletin to its shareholders, the IDB also said twice that “most visitors to Tobago are residents living in Trinidad.”
Tobago is sparsely populated and filled with pristine beaches, akin to some of the other Caribbean tourism destinations. About 80 per cent of the visitors to both islands are from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, or the three closest Caricom countries (Figure 4).
During 2005–2010, almost 60 per cent of visitors originating from North America stayed in Trinidad only, whereas almost 60 per cent of foreign visitors who went to Tobago originated from either the United Kingdom or Germany.
Moreover, only a small number of the total visitors to the country go on to Tobago (Figure 4). Tobago receives 66 foreign visitors per day on average; infrastructure is set up only for a relatively low capacity, probably less than 500 persons per day.