CTO ICT Forum 2017

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TRAVEL

Piarco International Airport, is located in Piarco, a town in the Port of Spain Metro Area in the southern area of the Tunapuna-Piarco region, about 25 km (16 mi) east of Port of Spain’s central business district. It is one of the most modern, largest and busiest airport serving the Southern Caribbean and is served by many International Airlines.

Visa requirements

Entry requirements can be found on the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago’s Immigration Division website http://www.immigration.gov.tt/Services/Visas.aspx

In accordance with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) requirements, from November 2015, only machine-readable travel documents are accepted for entry into and exit out of Trinidad and Tobago. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Trinidad and Tobago.

Delegates are strongly advised to check the requirements for transit visas, based on their itinerary, as the rules change from country to country. Lack of necessary transit visa prevents undertaking the entire journey.

All visa arrangements and costs are to be borne by the attendees and/or their administration.

The following Commonwealth countries need a visa to enter Trinidad and Tobago whether it’s for the purpose of business/vacation/other.

  • Australia
  • Nigeria
  • Uganda
  • Cameroon
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Fiji
  • South Africa
  • Mozambique
  • Sri Lanka
  • New Zealand
  • Tanzania

Trinidad’s immigration office indicated that there are visa waiver provisions for persons who would be unable to receive the visa in time and are nationals of the above countries. In order to gain entry into the country to attend the event, these persons would need to send an email to immigration.visas@gov.tt This would ease the process for those requiring access.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Country Profile

Trinidad and Tobago comprises two islands in the Lesser Antilles, just off the north-eastern coast of Venezuela.  The Islands share maritime borders with Barbados, Grenada, Guyana and Venezuela.

Trinidad and Tobago’s people are mainly of African or East Indian descent. English is the official language. Small percentages also speak Hindi, French patois, and several other dialects. Trinidad has two major cultural traditions: Creole and East Indian. Creole is a mixture of African elements with Spanish, French, and English colonial culture. Trinidad’s East Indian culture came to the island in the 1830s. East Indians retain many traditions, including the celebration of Hindu and Muslim religious festivals.

After independence in 1962, Trinidad and Tobago joined the UN and the Commonwealth. Trinidad and Tobago maintains close relations with its Caribbean neighbours and major North American and European trading partners. As the most industrialised and second-largest country in the English-speaking Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago takes a leading role in the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM).

Host

The Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (‘the Authority’) was established in July 2004 by the enactment of the Telecommunications Act 2001 Amended by 17 of 2004 as the independent regulatory body responsible for the transformation of the telecommunications sector from a virtual monopoly to a competitive environment.

The Authority is responsible not only for the liberalisation of the telecommunications sector, but also for regulating both telecommunications and broadcasting sectors, managing spectrum and number resources, establishing equipment and service quality standards, setting guidelines to prevent anti-competitive practices and encouraging investment in order to facilitate the availability of affordable telecommunications and broadcasting services to all.

Venue

The Hyatt Regency
1 Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, Tel: +1 868 623 2222

The waterfront hotel is a 45-minute drive from Piarco International Airport and offers town car and limo transportation from the airport.

Parking
Complimentary parking for all guests is available at the hotel’s multi-level parking facility with accommodation for 1200 cars.

Parking for buses must be approved through the Sales or Events Department.

Other Transportation

Directions from Piarco International Airport in Trinidad:

After leaving the airport, turn left on to the Churchill Roosevelt Highway. Continue travelling north-west along the highway for about 14 miles / 22 kilometers. Connect unto Wrightson Road; pass the lighthouse and Tobago Ferry Terminal. Our Caribbean hotel is located on the left after the Ferry Terminal and just before the Port.

Local Transport

Taxis

Drop Taxi Service:

Make a toll-free call to order your ride, or order with the app to check out your driver.

Any time, any place, DROP gets you where you need to be. With the DROP app you can see photos of your driver and their car, the car’s registration number, and track their distance all on your phone. We’re making it so much safer to get a DROP.

This is the smart way to move. With security features like photos of your driver and the car, the car’s registration number, and a map tracker all sent to your phone, you’re getting priceless peace of mind.

Distance & Time Fares – Base Rate $25 + $1.25 per km.

Website: https://droptaxiservice.com/vipdrop/

DROP Taxi Services, Ltd. 73-75 Woodford Street, Port of Spain,Trinidad and Tobago, W.I. Telephone: (868) 866-DROP

Health requirements
All travellers should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination. Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
Climate

Trinidad and Tobago has typical tropical climates with high temperatures and plenty of rain. There is little regional or seasonal variation in temperature due to the island’s location near the equator, their small size and the surrounding Caribbean Sea.

In Port of Spain, the month of November is characterized by essentially constant daily high temperatures, with daily highs of around 87°F throughout the month, rarely exceeding 91°F or dropping below 83°F.

Language

The official language in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is English. Trinidadian Creole is a Creole language generally spoken at a local level.

Time zone

– 4 hours Greenwich Mean Time in the month of November.

Telecommunications

The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has …… fixed telephone lines operators and two Mobile phone operators. The country code is +1 -868.

Public telephone booths can be found at the airport and hotels. Facsimile services are available in almost all hotels. Internet facilities are also available in almost all hotels or at Cybercafés.

Electricity

Type A North American/Japanese 2 Blade

 

Type B American 3 Pin

 

Tourism attractions

The host and the CTO are in the process of organising social events which will be communicated to delegates in due course.

Credit Cards and Banks
Major international credit cards are widely accepted for transactions.

Government Offices open from 8.00am to 4.30pm from Monday to Thursday and 8.00am to 4.00pm on Fridays. Most banks open from 9.00 am – 3.30pm on weekdays.

Bureau de change operators are available at the airport and throughout the country. ATMs are also widely available throughout the country.

Business hours

Banks:

 

Bureau de change operators are available at the airport and throughout the country. ATMs are also widely available throughout the country.

Local transportation

Transport facilities to/from Airport will be provided to delegates to/from hotels mentioned in the list.  The host will have a liaison officer to help coordinate the arrival of delegates at Piarco International Airport. Delegates must supply flight details including arrival time and number to the organisers in advance of travel.

Local taxis are readily available outside the arrivals area of the airport’s terminal. Taxis are approximately USD 30 to Port of Spain

 

Further Information:

Robert Hayman ,
Event Manager, Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization
Tel: +44 (0)20 8600 3805
Fax: +44 (0) 208 600 3819

Ms Sherry Mcmillan,
Executive Officer Communications, Public Relations & Consumer Affairs
Telecommunications Authority Of Trinidad And Tobago

Tel: (868) 675 8288, (868) 222 8288
Fax: +1 868 674 1055