At FCCA opener, a sobering call for Caribbean partnership

Cruising’s most important global destination—the Caribbean—has largely bounced back from 2017’s devastaging hurricanes but still faces a bundle of challenges. Vulnerable ecosystems, rising sea levels, regional debt, outdated funding mechanisms, inequality and inadequate tourism infrastructure investment are some of them.

St. Lucia Prime Minister Alan Chastanet made a plea for unity and partnership in the Caribbean—across governments and with the cruise industry—to meet the challenges.

‘It can’t be business as usual’

Addressing Caribbean heads of state, tourism and port officials and cruise line leaders at the opening session of the FCCA Conference & Trade Show in San Juan, Chastanet was blunt: ‘We have problems. It can’t be business as usual.’

Though event host Puerto Rico has made great…

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