chapter  11
Port-of-Spain: The Meetings and Conventions Capital of the Southern Caribbean
ByAcolla Lewis-Cameron
Pages 14

Trinidad lies within one of the world’s most tourism-intensive regions, the Caribbean. Yet, unlike its neighbours, it has not relied heavily on income from travel and tourism since its economy is dominated by the energy sector, which contributes approximately 45% to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) (WTTC, 2005). However, within recent times, tourism has been identified as one of five sectors that should be developed to contribute to the country’s economic development. One of the key elements of the Government’s Vision 2020 goals is the positioning of Port-of-Spain as the ‘Meetings and Conventions Capital of the Southern Caribbean’. The successful establishment of a Conventions Bureau is an important step towards achieving this goal.