Why Trinidad Should Be On Your Travel List
Hyatt Regency Trinidad General Manager Russel George tells Hospitality 21 Editor-in-Chief Carol Sorgen why this Caribbean destination should be on our must-visit list. Let’s pack our bags!
Q. Why is Trinidad a popular destination for both business and leisure travelers?
Trinidad is popular because there is so much more than “sun-sand-sea” on offer to travelers. We are one of the few destinations able to leverage our diverse tourism offerings—exotic mix of cultures, food, music, eco activities and let’s not forget our Carnival, the largest in the Caribbean –with a robust business sector fueled by the oil and natural gas industry.
Q. How does the Hyatt Regency Trinidad cater to its business travelers? (And where do most of the business travelers come from?)
The team at Hyatt Regency Trinidad prides itself on offering exemplary service and hospitality to all our guests. We anticipate the needs and provide quick and efficient resolutions to any query that comes up. We understand the pressures of the business traveler and work to ease that by providing a comfortable and relaxed environment—our hands-on sales team that works tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure all meetings and event logistics exceed expectations; our world-class spa, Spa Esencia offers treatments that destress and stimulate and of course our 3 restaurants, offering choices that cater to the most discerning palate.
Q. What sets the Hyatt Regency apart from other hotels in Trinidad?
Two words, “exemplary service.” This is the key to our continued success and what our guests have come to expect when staying at the hotel.
Q. What would first-time visitors to Trinidad be surprised to find out?
I believe there are a few things that would surprise a first-timer. First–how developed and metropolitan our capital city Port of Spain is when compared to other Caribbean nations. The next would be our mix of cultures and ethnicities. Trinidad’s population is a vibrant mix of East Indian, African and European cultures—more than 40% of the population is of East Indian decent.
Q. What are the top 5 “must see-do-dine” tips you can give travelers?
Visitors definitely must:
1. Come for a meeting and stay on for Carnival (we host one of the most anticipated events during the season, Lime Fete—it should not be missed)
2. Try one of our signature treatments at Spa Esencia (I recommend the Mud Mas Wrap, a Carnival-inspired treatment using local ingredients )
3. Make a visit to a panyard (this can be arranged by the hotel)
4 Do a “street food” tour (this can be arranged by the hotel)
5 Visit the island’s most popular beach, Maracas Bay and try the “bake and shark” sandwich
6. Plan an excursion to see the Leatherback Sea Turtles during their nesting seasonTr