Destination: Trinidad & Tobago Meeting & Event Planning City Guide
By Christine Loomis
March 05, 2013
What the islands of the Caribbean lack in expansive geography, they more than make up for with a strikingly rich convergence of cultures that has given each of them a singular personality and historical identity. Fought over for centuries, many islands existed under a dizzying succession of national flags, typically raised by varying combinations of Dutch, English, French and Spanish rulers. These four cultures in particular, along with influences of Carib and Arawak tribes and African slaves brought to labor under the sizzling Caribbean sun, left deep impressions on this region and provide meeting-goers and incentive travelers with intriguing options for cultural immersion within easy reach of the U.S. mainland.
Learn about Trinidad & Tobago for Event Venues, Services & Meeting Destinations
Formally called the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, this country is an archipelagic state in the southern Caribbean. A close neighbor to Venezuela, Barbados and Granada, Trinidad & Tobago was originally founded as a Spanish colony and has since become an independent republic. Unlike many of its tropical neighbors, Trinidad & Tobago’s economy is based primarily on industry, not agriculture, with an economic focus on petroleum and petrochemicals.
The country has a reputation for breaking the mold of what you have come to expect from a Caribbean island. Calypso and steel pan music are both attributed to the area. In addition, Trinidad & Tobago are said to be the birthplace of the limbo dance.