Cheaper To Fly New York To London or Paris Than To Barbados
Not being in the travel business, I never thought about the impact of the United States requiring Americans and everyone else to have a passport to travel abroad by air.
Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) Secretary-General Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace spoke yesterday at the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association’s annual general meeting at the Hilton Barbados and he put it very simply… (paraphrased)…
“Before we had this (passport) rule that came in place, for those of us who could afford a vacation… but didn’t have a passport the only choice was to come to the Caribbean. As soon as I have a passport my choice is the world and suddenly we have an induced level of competition that we warned people about, that is going to make a substantial difference.”
“It’s cheaper to go from New York City to London for the month of October (2007) every single day than to come to Barbados. It’s much much cheaper to go to Cancun (Mexico). It’s cheaper in fact in most cases to go to Paris…”
… read his entire comments in the Barbados Advocate (link here – World Cup Let-Down)