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A flock of three thousand tourists spill out of a cruise ship, dispersing into Belize City, following a map given to them by the industry that owns the port, the shops, and the economy.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nicole-glass/cruise-ships-financially-_b_1531590.html

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Thanks Jesse. Great article!

When last on Roatan, I was speaking with the owner of a lovely restaurant in West End. It is relatively new, the owner is very personable, the staff is excellent, the ambiance designed by the owner is extraordinary and the food is great! I mentioned that there were restaurants in West End, that were ONLY open when the cruise ships were in town. And she said "I will never give in to them, never!" She maintained that her restaurant dream was not to become a "cruise ship" place, though cruisers are certainly welcome to wander in on their own.

Now I love her and her restaurant even more!

If any of you are in West End Roatan sometime, check it out. The restaurant is "Besos".


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This so true. When I was hanging out at Wet Willy's way back when . . . They had the concession - for a while - to serve lunch to a couple of boat loads of people. In talking to them we found out the cruise ships warned them to never bring any cash - credit cards or wear jewelry as there was nothing to buy on the island.
I get e-mail from friends who are so excited to be coming to Belize on a cruise ship and I try to 'educate' them about these nasty practices and urge them to tell their fellow travelers. The more we do this - well - it's kinda like drops of water on a rock.


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This so true. When I was hanging out at Wet Willy's way back when . . . They had the concession - for a while - to serve lunch to a couple of boat loads of people. In talking to them we found out the cruise ships warned them to never bring any cash - credit cards or wear jewelry as there was nothing to buy on the island.
I get e-mail from friends who are so excited to be coming to Belize on a cruise ship and I try to 'educate' them about these nasty practices and urge them to tell their fellow travelers. The more we do this - well - it's kinda like drops of water on a rock.


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You mean the cruise ships actually try to steer passengers to certain shops and tour operators so they can collect fees and commissions?! You mean all those shops listed in the various free San Pedro maps and brochures pay a fee to be listed and to advertise?! You mean folks actually pay to advertise and be included on some websites?! You mean some tour operators take visitors to shops and restaurants where they get a rake off?!

Who would have thought??!!

That Huffington Post blog earns a nomination for "Duh ... Story of the Year."


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In all fairness, this practice not only applies to Cruise Ship companies, but almost any tour I've ever been on, directs me to certain stores and dining and even hotels, if you are on a days long bus tour (in Europe for example).

That said, the Cruise Ship companies have the most impact on an economy and the/an environment. I find their practices reprehensible for the most part.

I've no problem with Huffington writing about this, because education is the key for the traveling public.


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