Trinidad and Tobago - Tourism, travel, and recreation
Outstanding tourist attractions include the mountainous areas, beaches, and reefs on both islands. Entertainment includes calypso and steel band music, both of which originated in Trinidad. Festive events include Carnival, held annually on the two days before Ash Wednesday; the Muslim festival of Hosein, which begins 10 days after the new moon in the month of Muharram; and the Hindu festival of lights, Dewali, which occurs in October or November. Cricket and football (soccer) are the most popular sports.
The government offers fiscal and other incentives for the development of hotels and other tourist facilities. As of 2000, hotels and similar establishments on the islands had a total of 4,532. Tourist arrivals that year totaled 398,559 and tourism revenues reached about $200 million.
In 2000 the US government estimated the cost of staying in Trinidad as approximately US $150 per day. Tobago daily costs are seasonal, averaging between US $339 and US $371.