Noel Lynch’s Speech To Be “Highlight Of The Conference”
From the Jamaica Gleaner…
Michael Bernard, president of the Shipping Association of Jamaica (SAJ), will lead a high-powered delegation from Jamaica to the sixth Caribbean Shipping Executives Conference of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) that meets in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, on May 14, 15 and 16.
A highlight of the conference will be an address by Noel Lynch, Barbados’ Minister of Tourism and International Transport, on the topic ‘The Impact of Cruise Vacation on Land-based Tourism’, on the third day of the conference which will be dedicated to the Caribbean cruise industry. Minister Lynch will be one of several important speakers on the third day of the conference, including representatives of major cruise lines and cruise ship organisations in the Caribbean.
Tourism is one of the economic sub-sectors on which Caribbean nations depend for survival. The debate about the effects of the cruise industry on the hotel industry andland-based tourism generally has raged ever since the Caribbean became the cruise capital of the world.
The cruise industry brings millions of tourists to the Caribbean, but passengers stay ashore only for a few hours. Whereas they collectively leave behind millions of dollars each year in spending on goods and services in the many destinations, individually they do not spend as much as hotel guests. Given this fact and the substantial capital investment in hotel plants and facilities around the Caribbean, the debate has continued.
Excerpt from the Jamaica Gleaner (link here)