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TDC hosts familiarization trip for Scandinavian tour operators

TDC hosts familiarization trip for Scandinavian tour operators ( PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad - The Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC) will host a familiarization (FAM) trip for Scandinavian travel agents and tour operators from October 26to November 2, 2015 in Trinidad and Tobago.

The trip forms part of the TDC’s efforts to promote Trinidad and Tobago to the Scandinavian market, which comprises Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Five tour operators from SydAmrikaresebyrån, Apollo Travel Group, Matkavekka/Lomamatkat, and Svane Travel will be visiting accommodation properties, restaurants and local sites and attractions as part of an exercise to familiarize themselves with the destination.

A business to business tourism stakeholder networking session was held in Tobago on Tuesday October 26th at CHIC Boutique Hotel and a similar session is carded for stakeholders in Trinidad on Monday November 2nd at Coblentz Cottage. The trip’s Tobago itinerary also includes visits to Tobago Cocoa Plantation, Atlantic Safari, Adventure Farm, Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool and the Mystery Tombstone. The itinerary for Trinidad includes visits to the Caroni Bird Sanctuary, Yerette, Gasparee Caves, Maracas Beach and Queen’s Park Savannah.

This follows a Wholesaler Market Manager Familiarization Trip hosted by the TDC from October 18th to 23rd for tour operators, travel agents and online travel agents based in North America. Designed to equip the visiting travel trade with the information necessary to effectively represent and sell Trinidad and Tobago to their clientele, the objectives of this FAM trip included:

• Showcasing hotels, tours and attractions on both Trinidad and Tobago to key US tour operators

• Increasing the number of local hotels and tours/activities that are sold to these partners

• Providing an overview of the destination to facilitate an increase in sales from these partners

• Facilitating on-going discussions between on-island partners and US tour operators to further increase visitor arrivals to both islands

In addition, from Friday, October 23-Monday, October 26, 2015 the TDC hosted a 3-person team from Swedish tour operator company, Aktiv Resor Sweden. The goal of their visit was to film footage for use in promoting tours to Trinidad and Tobago.

About Trinidad&Tobago

Home to the largest Carnival celebration in the Caribbean, Trinidad&Tobago is the southernmost Caribbean nation located seven miles east off the Venezuelan coast. Ranked the happiest nation in the Caribbean by the United Nations’ World Happiness Report ( ), in 2013 and 2015, the destination’s distinct and harmonious blend of cultures, eclectic cuisine and environmental treasures continue to attract travelers of all ages to its shores. Birthplace of the limbo and the world famous steelpan, the only acoustic instrument invented in the 20th century, as well as a diverse mix of monthly festivals and events ( ), it’s little wonder that Trinidad is known as the ‘cultural capital of the Caribbean.’ Sister island Tobago offers a quintessential Caribbean vibe with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco attractions. Tobago is home to the largest brain coral in the Western Hemisphere and the oldest protected reserve in the Western hemisphere, The Main Ridge Rainforest. Come and explore Trinidad and Tobago-the true Caribbean!

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MEDIA CONTACT: Corporate Communications, Tourism Development Company Limited, Phone: 868.675.7034, E-mail: , Web:

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