Pigeon Point, Tobago
Cornell Buckradee is general manager of marketing for the Trinidad & Tobago Tourism Development Company. He says the twin-island nation is creating a new convention bureau, something it’s never had before, to attract more meeting and incentive groups to the island.
“The aim is to be the meeting and convention capital of the southern Caribbean,” says Buckradee. “North America is our focus, and our goal is to show how Port of Spain is a unique capital city with a safe, good mix of hotels, restaurants, meeting venues, ecotourism and culture.”
Buckradee asserts that the destination’s diversity is the key attraction with two islands especially well positioned to cater to both meetings and incentives. Trinidad is the major commercial hub in the southern Antilles, and Tobago is an absolute dream for groups seeking a pristine island experience. Presently, there are two MIA/Trinidad flights daily on American Airlines, and the 428-room Hyatt Regency Trinidad can host conferences up to 2,000 pax.
“We have an authentic, organic culture; it’s not contrived,” says Buckradee. “You go 15 minutes off the main road and you have that quintessential Caribbean experience.”