Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Stranded Tourists in Caribbean

The volcanic eruption in Iceland that has cancelled many flights to and from Europe, may be helping to boost some Caribbean economies. Many European tourists are stuck until air service returns to normal, forcing them to stay longer than planned in hotels, eat out, etc. and many hotels have called in extra staff and supplies to meet the demand. Jamaica, for example, has 2500 stranded British tourists, and one hotel in Grenada has reported a 45% increased in its occupancy rates. Islands such as Antigua and Barbados, however, that depend greatly on British tourists are not seeing this increase because many tourists were unable to flight TO the caribbean because of the flight cancellations. Although this is not long-lasting nor extremely significant, it is helping a bit to make a bad situation a little bit better.

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