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The cruise industry may have suffered a serious
financial squeeze and a few hard hits to its reputation
in recent years, but it s still the biggest game in
town for many island nations.
The industry contributes a total of US$2 billion
each year to the Caribbean, according to US-based
Business Research and Economic Advisers (BREA).
Of course, much of that money never makes it into
the hands of islanders, since the cruise lines ver-
tically-integrated services keep passengers on board
for most of their meals and entertainment. In fact,
the island citizens who see cruise ship revenue are
a privileged few, said Manoj Shivlani, a marine
affairs scholar who has studied the impact of cruise
tourism on local economies.
"People aren t willing to spend that much off of
the ship," he said, and when they do, "it s felt within
in a very small community." Namely, the community
of vendors and merchants who set up shop at the
cruise port. Even the island hoteliers aren t crazy
about these tourists.
"The hotels obviously are not getting a benefit
from cruise passengers," said Richard Kahn, a
spokesman for the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism
Association. "On many islands, hotels are the biggest
taxpayers, so not benefitting hurts them and it hurts
T&T, at the bottom of this list, rely far less on
tourism than their neighbours for one simple reason:
oil. The islands resource wealth allows them to
forego the industry courting and catering that can
make or break its neighbours economies.
Meanwhile, topping our list is the two-island
nation of St Kitts and Nevis, whose cruise-tourism
sector has grown by more than 400 per cent in the
last six years, according to BREA.
That growth is far from accidental; the country
upped its appeal through a series of efforts that
read like a cruise-tourism playbook. For one, it built
up its duty-free shopping options, to capitalise on
what is one of cruise passengers favourite activities.
It also more than doubled its on-land tour offers.
"We have ten different rainforest type tours, off-
road tours, beach tours, and scenic tours," said
Tourism Minister Ricky Skerritt. One in particular,
the island s "scenic railway" tour, is the only of its
type in the region, Skerritt said.
The tours work to circulate cruise passengers
throughout the island and help part them with a
bit more money than they d spend staying aboard
ship. As officials hoped, the average tourist spend
on land more than doubled in the past six years,
(Caribbean News Digital)
Secretary general of the Barbados-based
Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Hugh
Riley, on September 25 called for legislation
to regulate the disposal of waste in Caribbean
Addressing the second Sustainable Confer-
ence, Riley said the Caribbean had a respon-
sibility to protect and preserve its water
He said water was at the core of the
Caribbean s efforts at sustainability and that
it was important that the necessary policies
be put in place to safeguard this vital resource.
"We must never forget that we in the
Caribbean have a duty to create policies and
to engender behaviours in our people and in
our visitors that will safeguard our water
resources for future generations.
"We must practice sustainable water-use
policies and observe appropriate waste-water
management practices. We must not only
enact, but also enforce legislation that regulates
the proper disposal of waste in the waters that
wash our shores, and we must severely punish
all violators, because they endanger our health
and jeopardise our children s future," he said.
The two-day conference, organised by the
St Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation
with support from the CTO, had as its theme
Tourism and Water: Protecting Our Common
Delegates, including Governor Gerald Berkel
and the Commissioner of Tourism, Carlyle
Tearr, discussed over two days a number of
water-related issues, including who benefits
from coastal management; the risks to wildlife
and water along with the tourism opportunities
that come with development; and water con-
servation in hospitality.
In his address, Riley said it was also necessary
for the Caribbean to pay attention to rising
sea levels and the impact of climate change.
"That is a threat to our very existence. The
scientists are warning us that a major source
of concern is the effect of global warming on
the rate at which sea levels are rising, and the
fact that entire communities could be destroyed
by coastal flooding. It s serious.
"We must pay particular attention to the
preservation of our reefs, mangroves and wet-
lands, our rivers and waterfalls, our precious
marine life and our underwater heritage. We
must build structures that capture, store, treat
and use water resources sensibly, including as
a source of energy."
CTO calls for legislation to regulate waste disposal in region's waters
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