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Social Media enthusiasts to experience the greatest Show on Earth

Port-of-Spain, trinidad – February 5, 2015. Coverage of Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival activities usually run the gamut of media from print to radio and television, enticing readers, listeners and viewers to soak in the vibrancy, the colour and the spectacle of the festival. Trinidad and Tobago therefore is the perfect destination to experience Carnival and the Tourism Development Company Limited in recognising this is turning to Social Media to spread the word about the festivities.

The Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company Limited will be hosting seven journalists from February 6th to 12th, 2015, that specialise in writing for diverse social media travel publications.

These journalists have a combined social media following of 6.5 million persons and therefore their reach and influence on the travel and vacation decisions by the discerning visitor should not be understated.

This group will be treated to the diversity and variety that is destination Trinidad and Tobago not only with the celebration of Carnival but will also be exposed to the myriad of sites, attractions and activities that visitors to Trinidad and Tobago have come to know and love.  Online readers of publications such as Ebony Magazine, Travel Bug, Life & Style Weekly and In Touch Weekly will be treated to the journalists’ adventures through the All-Inclusive Parties and Fetes where sweet soca music can be thoroughly enjoyed,  Pan Yard visits where the sounds of Trinidad and Tobago’s signature instrument, the steelpan can be heard in all its splendour and Mas Camp visits where the group will be treated to the anatomy and coming to life of the colourful costumes that will be put on show during the two days of Carnival.

Carnival however is just the tip of the tropical iceberg for Trinidad and Tobago.  The group will also be treated to the islands’ culinary fare which range from fine dining to street food, a visit to the Caroni Bird Sanctuary for the nature lovers’ experience and they will also be exposed to the rich culture of the Central Experience where the influence of the East Indian community through religion and food is most evident.

Not to be left out is the sister island of Tobago.  Whilst Trinidad is often described as the boisterous big sister of the two islands, Tobago is renowned for being laid back and offering more of the traditional sun, sea and sand holiday that others may crave.  For three days, this unique group of media will be treated to a visit to the Buccoo Reef and Nylon Pool which is an in-sea shallow white ground coral pool located off Pigeon Point, Tobago, a tour of a historic cocoa estate and the Argyle Water Falls and will also do stand up paddle boarding at the beautiful Pigeon Point Beach which always gives the visitor an immense thrill.

So with social media being the “go to” tool for sharing messages of all types it is both timely and strategic that the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company Limited gives these special journalists an opportunity to experience this destination where you get two unique experiences that can both stimulate the senses and calm the mind.  Look out for their posts just before Carnival as they share with readers in the social universe about the virtues of terrific Trinidad and tranquil Tobago.

Trinidad and Tobago Social Media Press Trip Group


(February 6th – 12th, 2015)


  • Kristin Braswell – Huffington Post, Ebony Magazine
  • Tara Donaldson – Travel Bug, Huffington Post, Fox News Travel
  • Kristen Jacobson – Hopscotchtheglobe.com
  • Rachel Quigley – In Touch Weekly, Life & Style Weekly
  • Mareen Schauder – Miss Everywhere
  • Christy Woodrow – Ordinary Traveler, National Geographic, Lonely Planet
  • Datev Gallagher – Youtube Channel, Ladiedottie

Follow them as they chronicle their experience in Trinidad and Tobago on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram at the following handles:


Kristin Braswell

Facebook: Ebony Magazine

Instagram: @kbras1

Twitter: Potentially @EBONYMag


Tara Donaldson

Facebook: Living with the Travel Bug

Instagram: @tararielle

Twitter: @travelbugtara


Datev Gallagher

YouTube: LadieDottie Datev Gallagher- TheLadieDottieWay

Facebook: Ladiedottie

Instagram: ladie_dottie

Twitter: @ladiedottie


Kristen Sarah Jacobson

YouTube: Hopscotch the Globe

Facebook: Hopscotch the Globe

Instagram: @kristenadventure

Twitter: @HTGlobe


Rachel Quigley

Facebook: In Touch Weekly

Instagram: intouchweekly/ lifeandstyleweekly

Twitter: @intouchweekly/ @Life_and_Style


Mareen Schauder

Facebook: Miss Everywhere

Instagram: miss.everywhere

Twitter: @Miss_everywhere


Christy Woodrow

Facebook: Ordinary Traveler

Instagram: ordinarytraveler

Twitter: @OrdinaryTravelr

Pinterest: Ordinary Traveler


About Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad & Tobago is located in the southeastern region of the Caribbean. With its careful approach to tourism, the dual-island nation offers a distinct blend of culture, eclectic cuisine and an assortment of eco-adventure activities. Trinidad, the ‘cultural capital of the Caribbean,’ is home to the world famous Carnival and the birthplace of the steel pan, the only new musical instrument to be invented in the 20th century. It is also home to one of the world’s top three nesting sites for endangered leatherback turtles and world class fine flavoured cocoa.  Tobago, sister island to Trinidad, is the quintessential Caribbean paradise with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco-attractions that include the Main Ridge Rainforest, the oldest protected reserve in the western hemisphere and the six-time award winner for World’s Leading Ecotourism Destination by the World Travel Awards.

For more information on upcoming special events and attractions in Trinidad & Tobago visit www.gotrinidadandtobago.com  or www.visittobago.gov.tt.

Follow Trinidad and Tobago on Facebook www.facebook.com/islandsoftrinidadandtobago

Media Contact:

Corporate Communications

Tourism Development Company Limited

Phone: 868.675.7034

E-mail: [email protected]

Web: www.tdc.co.tt

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