Caribbean Sustainable and Eco tourism -Tourisme Durable et Envir

[Fwd: Cruise tourism research for newspaper

From: Yacine Khelladi <yacine@YACINE.NET>
Date: Fri May 11 2001 - 12:38:03 AST

If anyone can help please contact directly
<jwerner@Floridabiz.com>

Johannes Werner wrote:
>
> Hi,
>
> Ron Mader of Planet.com recommended I write to you.
>
> I'm researching an article on the massive investments by Caribbean ports and
> governments in cruise tourism infrastructure. I am interested in the
> economic sense or nonsense of these investments.
>
> Can you help me find (skeptical) experts who know about cruise tourism in
> the Caribbean?
>
> So far all my sources (most of them paid by or otherwise dependent on the
> cruise industry) are buying into the official industry version of endless
> growth.
>
> But there are some troubling signs.
>
> --Competition between destinations is rising. Newcomer Panama is paying
> large cruise companies per passenger they bring to the country.
> --Small islands, big investments. St. Maarten, population 70,000, got
> indebted for the next 100 years by building a $70 million cruise project.
> --Meanwhile, the dependency on ever-bigger cruise lines gets worse. Grenada
> lost perhaps 1/30 of its GDP at one stroke when Carnival pulled out in 1999.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Johannes Werner
> business editor
> Miami Daily Business Review
> 1 SE Third Ave. #900
> Miami, FL 33131
> (305) 347-6639
Received on Fri May 11 16:46:31 2001

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