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Hotel bookings down for Carnival

Trinidad Express / Hotel occupancy rates in Trinidad during the Carnival season has decreased this year over previous years.

This is according to Chief Executive Officer of the Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants and Tourism Association (THRTA) Brian Frontin who says a lack of destination marketing is to blame.

Speaking with the Express yesterday, Frontin said hotel bookings for Carnival have been steadily decreasing over the past few years and visitors are booking rooms for shorter periods.

He said visitors would, in the past, stay between 5 to 10 days. However he said many hotels have reported shorter booking periods of three to four days.

Frontin said a poll of properties in the Port of Spain area showed most large properties with 100 rooms and above were experiencing high occupancy levels between 95 to 100 per cent. Smaller properties, he said, have seen between 60 to 85 per cent occupancy. Though still high, he said this represented a decrease over previous years.

“Year on year most properties are saying that there is a slight reduction in demand,” he added.

But Frontin said this is true not only for the Carnival period, but year round.

“Generally occupancy in Trinidad is down to 60 per cent on average. It is down from 67 per cent in 2015. It fell to 62 per cent in 2016 and is down to 61 per cent in 2017. So there is a downward trend overall,” he said.

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