Puerto Rico Tourism - Shit or get off the pot

Lose yourself in paradise!
In many ways Puerto Rico really is an island of enchantment. It truly is a paradise. People like to visit paradise to take them away from the drudgery of everyday life. Put simply, people will pay to be swept away in an illusion of  perfection that they want to represent paradise. It seems like an easy sell. Want to visit paradise? Then come to Puerto Rico.

Yet, even though we want, no NEED, the revenues and jobs that tourism offers, we consistently indulge in self-destructive acts. It's like we can't move forward with any consistent strategy of  delivering paradise, because we keep tripping over ourselves.

And while some will say the market will bear only the extent of the providers ability to fulfill and generate demand. We have a consistent laissez faire attitude of we're happy with the revenues we obtain, because we're not willing to work any harder. Who in business could every understand this sentiment: "I know there's more money on the table, but I'm not willing to DO anything to GO get it."

Yes, Puerto Rico is an island of enchantment, but it is also an isle of paradoxes. How can you both believe that tourism is extremely important to the financial markets of Puerto Rico, and that it is not worth the effort to actually obtain the prosperity a more vibrant tourism market would bring to the island.

Why can't we be honest about this paradox and admit that while tourism is important, it is not vital to our economy. In the United States, a common expression to force someone to make a decision or take action is to tell them to "Shit or get of the pot!" In this expression, pot is an obvious reference back to times when the toilet was literally a pot of some kind that needed to be emptied after each use. I'm very thankful that we can at least keep the toilets working. :-/

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3 comments:

Marcos Polanco

5 de septiembre de 2011, 02:04
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dijo...

Dude, Puerto Rico is off the pot. The only thing that electorally matters is the the distribution of federal largesse to manipulable voters (and political friends) in order to win the next election. Everything else just overhead, a distraction. Tourism falls into that category, where we just need to do enough to make it look like we are not doing nothing. Same with [insert issue here].

MC Don Dees

5 de septiembre de 2011, 09:40
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dijo...

Wow, and I thought I was the pessimistic one! LOL So much like I heard someone once say that no one is running Puerto Rico's economy, what you're saying is that no one is running Puerto Rico's tourism. Hmm, that kind of conclusion is just sad, yet the mind boggles with the implications.

MC Don Dees

5 de septiembre de 2011, 09:41
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dijo...

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. Thanks for sharing your perspective. Feedback is always appreciated.