Peter Laurie gets it mostly right in his editorial on tourism. If at the end, all we have is a wall of concrete condos blocking the sun and the beach, what will we have?
On The Other Hand – Why tourism matters
BY PETER LAURIE
BARBADIANS have mixed feelings about tourism. We recognise it as our major money earner, but some of us resent that fact.
From a social perspective, they are annoyed by the idea of poor black natives serving rich white foreigners. From an economic perspective, they think that tourism is not a dependable or dignified way of earning a living.
They’re wrong on both counts.
If we’re stupid enough to confuse service with servitude, then we’re really stupid.
And the future for tourism is brighter than any other world economic activity.
But, in any event, tourism matters because it’s not only what keeps us afloat; it’s the only option we have (barring the discovery of huge reserves of offshore oil, which may be a mixed blessing).
So we absolutely have to get it right. If not, one day we’ll end up with an island no one wants to visit…
… continue reading this article at the Nation News link here.