Cruise Arrival Statistics

 

The cruise sector in Trinidad and Tobago continues to be volatile in nature. After peaking in 2007, cruise passenger arrivals dipped by 37,388 passengers in 2008, only to spike again in 2009 to an estimated 114,763 passengers only to be followed by a drop over the period 2010 to 2013. However, the cruise sector in Trinidad and Tobago appears to be on an upswing since 2014.  

In 2015 there has been a vast improvement in the number of cruise passenger arrivals to the country when compared to the previous year. This was due primarily to the significant increase in arrivals to Tobago, which was more than three times the number of cruise passengers that visited Tobago during 2014. Although not as significant as Tobago’s numbers, Trinidad also had an increase in cruise passengers of 13%. On the whole, Trinidad and Tobago saw an increase of 135% in 2015 compared with 2014, amounting to 79,317 cruise visitors.  

 

 

CRUISE PASSENGER ARRIVALS TO TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
 Years 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Trinidad & Tobago 81,893 44,505 114,763 102,386 60,109 49,159 33,053 33,714 79,317
y-o-y % Change   -46% 158% -11% -41% -18% -33% 2% 135%
                   
Trinidad 63,467 22,248 44,629 40,771 15,486 17,795 12,779 13,085 14,748
y-o-y % Change   -65% 101% -9% -62% 15% -28% 2% 13%
                   
Tobago 18,426 22,257 70,134 61,615 44,623 31,364 20,274 20,629 64,569
y-o-y % Change   21% 215% -12% -28% -30% -35% 2% 213%
Data sources:
Trinidad Statistics: Cruise Ship Complex, Port Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
Tobago Statistics: Division of Tourism & Transportation, THA
Note: The Cruise Ship season runs from October of one year until May of the following year. However, for comparative purposes, the data is presented in calendar year.  
 
 

 

Key facts on cruise visitors to Trinidad and Tobago

  • Average Expenditure per cruise passenger to Trinidad: TTD 270.00 or USD 42.58 (BREA* estimate)
  • Average Expenditure per cruise passenger to Tobago: TTD 475.00 or USD 74.18 (BREA* estimate)
  • Estimate Direct Foreign Revenue Earnings in 2015: approximately TTD34.67 million

 

*BREA – Business Research & Economic Advisors conducts research on passenger shopping habits and the economic impact of the cruise industry on behalf of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA). Please see the FCCA website to access the 2015 Economic Contribution of Cruise Tourism to the Destination reports at www.f-cca.com/research.html

 

 

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 Cruise Passenger Arrivals to Trinidad and Tobago, 2001 - YTD