The Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Accommodation Upgrade Project (TAUP)

The Tourism Accommodation Upgrade Project (TAUP) is a tourism incentive project that provides a reimbursable grant for approved upgrade work done to accommodation facilities in both Trinidad and in Tobago. TAUP comprises of two tourism incentive projects, namely: 

  1. Upgrade of Small Approved Tourism Properties in Trinidad and Tobago for properties with 1 to 5 guest rooms
  2. The Trinidad and Tobago Hotel and Guesthouse Room Stock Upgrade Project  for properties with 6 to 150 guest rooms
1 to 5 guest rooms 6 to 150 guest rooms
  • Reimbursement up to (40%) of capital spent on upgrade per room,
  • A limit of up to $25,000 per room in Trinidad and $30,000 per room in Tobago, and
  • A limit of $150,000 of capital spent on the upgrade of their property.
  • Be reimbursed up to fifty (50%) of capital spent on upgrade per room,
  • A limit of up to $25,000 per room in Trinidad and $30,000 per room in Tobago, and
  • A limit of $1,500,000 of capital spent on the upgrade of  their property

Property owners are entitled to these reimbursable grants upon successful approval of an independent external auditor with responsibility for the project.
Areas Eligible for Upgrade Work:

  • Exterior/external walls;
  • Common areas (corridors, restrooms);
  • Guest bedrooms and bathrooms;
  • Kitchens and Kitchenettes;
  • Laundry facilities for Villas & Apartments. Parking Facilities
  • Reception/Front Desk
  • Swimming Pools
  • Private Areas (Guestrooms- Balcony, Bathroom, Kitchenette, Balcony)
  • Public Restrooms
  • Dining Area
  • Meeting/Pre-Function Areas
  • Bar Facilities
  • Food Preparation/Service (Storage, Food Display)
  • Saunas/Spas 

Any owner/operator of a tourism accommodation facility who expresses interests can access the TAUP incentive project once they meet the following criteria as listed below:

  • Operating as a tourism accommodation for more than four years
  • Certificate of Business Registration/ Current in payment of Hotel Room Tax
  • Member of the Small Tourism Accommodation Owners of Trinidad and Tobago Association or Tobago Unique Bed and Breakfast & Self Catering Facilities Association
  • Board of Inland Revenue Tax Clearance Certificate
  • Value Added Tax Clearance Certificate
  • Submission of a scope of upgrade work with plans, estimated costs and timelines

The TAUP is currently managed by the Ministry of Tourism. Interested property owners can download and fill out the relevant forms below:

Application Form - Small Tourism Properties
Application Form - Hotels and Guesthouses


For more information, please contact the Investment Facilities & Monitoring Unit.

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