Black Meetings and Tourism

November/December 2021

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B M & T ••• November/December 2021 ••• 49 MEETING IN PARADISE BY DOSWELL INGRAM Two islands, two unique experiences, one amazing destination! Trinidad & Tobago is one of the Caribbean's most exciting destinations and is the ideal loca- tion for your next conference, exhibition, or meeting. Here are a few reasons why Trinidad & Tobago should be at the top of your list. Strategically located between North & South America, Trinidad & Tobago is con- sidered to be the gateway to the Americas and the Caribbean. The two islands offer different but equally exciting experiences and are only a 25-minute flight or 2.5-hour ferry ride away from each other. With award-winning eco- tourism and pristine beaches, tranquil Tobago is the perfect complement to metropolitan Trinidad. These island gems can boast of having the largest conference facilities in the South Caribbean. They are also home to many international brands including the Hyatt Regency Trinidad, Hilton Trinidad & Conference Centre, Radisson Hotel Trinidad, Courtyard by Marriott and Holiday Inn Express. Located on a hilltop overlooking the iconic Queen's Park Savannah, The Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre offers guests an ideal location, spacious accommodations and breathtaking views of the city of Port of Spain as well as the Northern Range mountains. This venue serves as a great option for holding small to medium size events with its compara- ble meetings space. Planners also have the option to take advantage of the geo- graphical location, holding receptions and breakouts outdoors. With 43,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, the hotel easily accommodates both large and small gatherings. Included in the function space are a 16,000-sq. ft. Regency Ballroom and a 10,000-sq.ft. multipurpose facility. There are also a number of charming boutique hotels and bed & breakfast establishments. These islands are a cultural melting pot and home to numerous ethnic groups. Religious and cultural festivals are held throughout the year and the capital city of Port of Spain offers a myriad of activities including an active nightlife scene, exqui- site dining and magnificent historical attractions. Dance is a cornerstone of Tobago's culture. Many of the island's distinct dances, like the Reel and Jig are British in origin but with movements influenced by the Africans. Performed by a couple or group, the Reel and Jig is reminiscent of an intricate courtship dance. Speech Bands also dance, with sharp, cutting strokes of a sword the key movement. Ceremonial dances associated with the African tribes brought to Tobago as slaves are also performed. An explosion of color, music, revelry, and creativity, Trinidad's Carnival has spawned similar celebrations around the world; but nothing on earth can rival the abandon, euphoria and stunning specta- cle of their festival. With its massive masquerade bands, spectacular costumes, pulsating music and unparalleled stamina for partying, Trinidad's Carnival is often described as the greatest show on earth. It is a time for release and everyone is invited to join the party. Business travellers and tourists must produce passports valid for three months longer than the intended stay and a return ticket, for entry into Trinidad and Tobago. For tourism and business related visits of up to 90 days, visas are not required for citizens of the United States. There is a regular air service, or air bridge, between Trinidad and Tobago, with daily flights from several US gate- ways to Trinidad's Piarco International Airport. Steel Band proforming at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad T R I N I D A D & T O B A G O AREA GUIDES • • • STATS • • • HOTEL ROOMS Hyatt Regency Trinidad 422 Hilton Trinidad and Conference Centre 418 Capital Plaza Trinidad 243 Courtyard by Marriott 119 The Cascadia Hotel and Conference Centre 68 Kapok Hotel 94 Mt. Irvine ay Hotel & Golf Club 104 Tropikist Beach Hotel 54 EXHIBITION FACILITIES Haytt Regency Trinidad Total Meeting Space 43,000 sq. ft. Meeting Rooms 13 WHO YOU GONNA CALL? Trinidad & Tobago Tourism Development Company Ltd. (868) 675-7034 Trinidad & Tobago Tourism

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