Caribbean Visitors in 2011
|Antigua & Barbuda||Jan.-May||114,479|
|British Virgin Islands||Jan.-May||175,131|
|St. Vincent & the Grenadines||Jan.-June||38,378|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||Jan.-Aug.||487,588|
Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/13/2500560/record-year-expected-for-tourism.html#ixzz1e3Atrhoq
I bet we're spending more on tourism than everyone on this list and we're still getting our asses kicked. There has to be a better way! Why don't we want to be successful? If we could unite, I know we can do better. It's just that all signs point to more of the same. There is clearly collusion and soft corruption within the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and the Puerto Rico Hotels Association.
Corporations and governments are the key sources on unfair wealth distribution. I think if more people could get a larger share in the overall wealth distribution it would provide a more stable base to grow our economy.
But if there's more money available to us through the free market, and we don't go after it; what does that say about us? I for one, think the money spent on obvious boondongles within Tourism, should be spent on helping everyone on the island.
At one point I analysed the USVI budget, and they spend around 3-4 million a year on tourism, which includes sanitation and security. I recently heard that our Tourism budget seven-times that, at $28 million, and I heard a rumor that that was going to be doubling during 2012. "¡Mira como llueve antes de los elecciones!" Fifty Six million, and we might make it into third! Wow!
I wonder what the per capita rate is?