The Adrian Loveridge Column: Chinese Tourists Ripe for the Picking

The name Wang Jianlin may not resonate with you, but according to the South China Morning Post he is the richest man in China and recently announced plans to build the world’s biggest tourism enterprise which will overtake the current giant, Disney.

The chairman of the Wanda Group […]stated that his holding company will achieve an annual revenue of 100 billion Yuan (one Yuan currently equals .16 US Cents), attain annual net profits of US$10 billion and handle 200 million visitors by as early as 2020.

At this stage he has not ruled out entry into the aviation segment after China lifted a five year restrictions on applications for new airlines in 2013 ‘spawning a wave of privately owned start-up carriers’. To even try and understand the exponential growth, Wanda’s in house travel agency revenue is expected to reach 10 billion Yuan this year, 20 billion by 2017 and 40 billion by 2020.

Last month Wang together with Tencent Holdings and Citic Capital led a US$967 million acquisition of ticketing website,, which is currently the country’s third largest online travel site in terms of revenue generated.

The Wanda Group includes the ownership and/or management of over 70 luxury hotels, the world’s largest cinema operation, 110 plazas, 22 million square metres of leasable property, film and television production, substantial print media interests, art investment with total assets exceeding US$85 billion and spanning across four continents.

Barbados of course, is not alone is seeing the potential of the growth in Chinese tourism, but the bigger issue is exactly how are we going to tap at least some of that market. My initial thoughts are that ‘we’ as a single destination will find it very difficult, but as a region, incorporating both lodging and cruise ship options, we could stand a far better chance.

With our diplomatic presence in China, perhaps high level discussions have already taken place with Mr. Jianlin, to see how we can smart partner with his global plans. Also with Sir Kyffin Simpson’s amazing success in China, it would be foolish not to involve his proven expertise and I am sure as a good patriot he may gladly agree, subject to his clearly demanding time restraints.

Also hopefully our tourism planners and prime movers are working in the background with the local global brands like Hilton, Radisson, Marriott and Fairmont allowing chosen staff members to undertake ‘internships’ in their Chinese properties to ensure we have a better understanding of their culture, dietary and service expectations.

China has had a long and sustained investment interest in both Barbados and the Caribbean generally and especially in the tourism sector.  A figure of US$7 billion was quoted by Adam Wu, the CEO of China Business Network as the amount of Chinese funded projects in the region during 2009 alone.

One thing for sure we cannot afford to ignore one of the fastest growing tourism markets on the planet.

By November 2014 China’s yearly outbound tourists reached 100 million for the first time and finished 107 million by the end of that year, representing a 19.49 per cent increase over 2013.

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66 Comments on “The Adrian Loveridge Column: Chinese Tourists Ripe for the Picking”

  1. Exclaimer August 10, 2015 at 2:01 PM #

    @ Adrian,

    You may be interested in the story below:

    “Caribbean-bound tourists cancel holidays due to foul-smelling seaweed”

    I wonder if there is a correlation between the rise in the popularity of cruise holidays in the Caribbean and the sargassum weed. I am convinced that these giant ships dump their effluence directly into our beloved Caribbean sea.


  2. Adrian Loveridge August 10, 2015 at 2:26 PM #

    Exclaimer, Thank you and very interesting. I certainly think that groups like Carnival should contribute some of their profits to helping look at ways of addressing the problem. I also wonder if their is anyway we can persuade the Chinese and Koreans to use their factory fish ships to ‘vacumn’ it up in the seas.


  3. David August 10, 2015 at 4:08 PM #


    Do you recall a few years ago there a call to levy a head tax on cruise ship passengers? We couldn’t get our countries to stand together on the issue.


  4. Adrian Loveridge August 10, 2015 at 5:10 PM #

    David, Yes and I also remember when Dominica levied a US$1.50 environmental fee per cruise passenger and some of the leading cruises companies opted to boycot them.


  5. lawson August 10, 2015 at 5:29 PM #

    As per usual the Barbados intellectual is well ahead of the curve on this china thing, forget about learning the language or getting to know them in the future , as my wife and daughter walked past the old carribbee hotel on the boardwalk one guy was already furiously playing with his wang.


  6. David August 10, 2015 at 6:10 PM #

    Good effort to bring life to Speightown by the tourism officials.


  7. Hants August 10, 2015 at 6:40 PM #


    I agree. Speightstown has great potential.


  8. ac August 10, 2015 at 7:20 PM #

    Making Caribbean tourism ‘Chinese-ready’

    IN recent years Chinese tourists have been touted as the new opportunity for growth of the industry in the Caribbean. But how realistic is this prospect for countries in the Caribbean, many of which are now reliant on tourism for employment and foreign exchange income?
    Until there is huge investment in marketing, airlift, tourism plant, and language training, the prospect of an appreciable and steady flow of Chinese tourists will remain remote. If Caribbean countries genuinely want a share of Chinese tourism, rigorous work has to be undertaken now to make fundamental preparations for what is a long-term project. The more countries delay in making such preparations, the more distant will be the likelihood of attracting Chinese tourists.
    The urgency of investing money in organising for a future Chinese tourist market coincides with a bad time for Caribbean countries, many of which are experiencing economic difficulties. Several governments are simultaneously facing declining revenues and increasing costs to deliver goods and services to their populations. The amount of money that is needed to invest in a future Chinese tourism market is simply not available to any individual government. Nonetheless, it would be imprudent of Caribbean governments not to act together to start developing the Chinese market.
    In this context, Caribbean governments should consider mandating a regional organisation such as the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) to undertake the preparatory work now on their collective behalf. It might require the establishment of a special unit within CTO devoted to this work which would be considerable.
    The work would include a comprehensive study of what Chinese tourists would want from tours to Caribbean countries; the capacity of airports, including immigration and customs for dealing with Chinese visitors; facilities for moving large numbers of people on land tours; the ability of hotels to cater in the Chinese language for guests; signage in Chinese; the capability of police forces to protect Chinese tourists who tend to travel with cash and an array of electronic devices; the provision of Chinese cuisine; the elimination of visa entry requirements for Chinese tourists; and more importantly affordable airlift from Chinese cities to Caribbean countries.
    The latter point concerning airlift is crucial. The journey between China and the Caribbean is long and there are no direct airline services. The need to break the journey either in North America or Europe increases the length of the journey and its cost, putting it out of the reach of the majority of Chinese tourists.

    Ronald Sanders–Chinese-ready-_17483547


  9. David August 10, 2015 at 7:40 PM #


    It is said the middle class Chinese has a high expectation of any tourist destination chosen as far as high class shopping and high class attractions go. Does Barbados have what is required to satisfy the Chinese who will have to travel nearly two days to get here?


  10. watchman August 10, 2015 at 8:20 PM #

    China employees gets about 15 working days vacation yearly , but about 5 days to get to Barbados and back , so their vacation near to home , and as I do some cell phone / tablets buying from a Chinese lady and we talk, I don’t think Barbados has anything their really want , in line of shopping


  11. ac August 10, 2015 at 9:39 PM #

    also chinese like to hob nob around their own as they feel more comfortable and less constrained to having to mix with outsiders,Therefore wnat it means, is barbados having to fill in that missing gap with people of chinese background, which can result in anger and outrage from the natives ending with an ugly script and picture of a bigoted and racist society,
    Barbados has already established friendly relations with China and the entry if such ugliness should happen andb then becomes fodder on social media the end result can tarnish barbados image and be a set back to barbados chinese relations.
    The chinese Tourist can also be flicked and demanding from one day to other , an area which requires patience and over and above the top for pleasing and one which barbados society would have to take in to serious consideration before embarking


  12. Dompey August 10, 2015 at 9:50 PM #


    Barbados can offer the Chinese vacationer a pollution free atmosphere and the beautiful sand and sea.


  13. watchman August 10, 2015 at 10:33 PM #

    @ Dompey

    1.00 JYP=0.008015 US


  14. rqd August 10, 2015 at 10:37 PM #

    First, you’ll need to legalize gambling. Then find a developer willing to risk a BahaMar sized ($3b) fiasco. When the Chinese contractor didn’t deliver the quality needed by the hotels, the entire development fell into bankruptcy. The Bahamian Government would like to nationalise the development and is doing their best to kick out the developer.

    It gets worse with every day and I can’t imagine another developer willing to get involved with something similar.

    Best of luck with this.



  15. Colonel Buggy August 10, 2015 at 10:39 PM #

    Chinese tourists like to take in multiple destinations . Until LIAT and the Caribbean get its act together we will be only seeing a hand full of Chinese tourists,not counting those arriving on a cruise ship. Is the American business man really serious about that fleet of ferries he as promise ?.


  16. Colonel Buggy August 10, 2015 at 10:41 PM #

    Dompey August 10, 2015 at 9:50 PM #

    Barbados can offer the Chinese vacationer a pollution free atmosphere and the beautiful sand and sea.
    Bro what colour tinted glasses are you wearing? Pink?


  17. rqd August 10, 2015 at 10:52 PM #

    @Dompey The Chinese aren’t known for their love of beach holidays. Have you heard of the Face-kini?


  18. St George's Dragon August 10, 2015 at 10:58 PM #

    “The chinese Tourist can also be flicked and demanding from one day to other , an area which requires patience and over and above the top for pleasing and one which barbados society would have to take in to serious consideration before embarking.”
    Google translation does not help with this. Where do I find a website that translates from Mountgay to English?


  19. lawson August 11, 2015 at 6:54 AM #

    get money out of china the old fashion way, vote their lead at the un general assembly


  20. randy gordon August 11, 2015 at 7:55 AM #

    Be careful what you wish for. I have sen the new middle class of Chinese tourists in action and from an environmental point of view alone they are a disaster.


  21. Bush Tea August 11, 2015 at 8:57 AM #

    Hmmmmm Let’s see…
    What business is it again that…
    …. seeks out wealthy persons and invite … no implores them to come into your most private spaces, even your bedroom, to explore their various fetishes – and to leave some cash?

    …can quickly discard known, long term relationships as soon of they find difficulty in ‘paying’ …or even because richer ‘clients’ arrive on the scene..?

    Sounds a lot like the world’s oldest profession to Bushie.

    TRUE TOURISM comes when a society has developed itself to the extent that visitors flock there to UNDERSTAND and LEARN how such success is achieved; ….to be inspired by the beauty of its humanity; …to be spiritually rejuvenated.

    One has to wonder what the visitor statistics would be like if visitors were coming to Barbados to study our 100% waste recycling systems; our 100% use of green energy, using all electric vehicles on our relatively flat roads; where EVERY HOME is a beautiful garden; where government is efficient, effective and transparent; and where people are genuinely proud, friendly, welcoming and not mendicant, begging, beach-bums.

    …or we can just be someplace where those who can afford it come for a quick release… where they can dispense with their normal inhibitions….


  22. David August 11, 2015 at 9:01 AM #

    What will the 2% of the Yuan mean for Barbados?

    Liked by 1 person

  23. St George's Dragon August 11, 2015 at 12:41 PM #

    “What will the 2% [devaluation] of the Yuan mean for Barbados?”
    Well for a start, someone should wake up our Ambassador in Beijing and ask him to report back on what is going on there.


  24. Due Diligence August 11, 2015 at 1:01 PM #

    lawson August 11, 2015 at 6:54 AM #

    get money out of china the old fashion way, vote their lead at the un general assembly

    Isn’t that what is already happening- financing all those projects – Gymnasium, Sam Lords etc etc


  25. Hants August 11, 2015 at 3:29 PM #

    Just watched a video on NationNews.

    Deforestation at Dover.


  26. lawson August 11, 2015 at 4:09 PM #

    Hants late to the game sandals has been clearing it out for weeks, who.s monument is in that part where they are running trucks by to build those water break for beaches


  27. Hants August 11, 2015 at 4:38 PM #


    How would I know what Sandals is doing? I live in Canada eh!

    It is unfortunate that the natural habitat continues to be sacrificed for “Development” but there is hope……

    We can always create a swamp or stream somewhere else and import some mangroves and fish and frogs.

    We can even create a Sugar Beach in St.Thomas or St.George


  28. lawson August 11, 2015 at 5:28 PM #

    So you do not know who,s grave that is, well since your in Canada you know we usually move the bodies before we start to dig. My buddy was at sandals and said it was great however the beach wasn’t too good. and there was noise from all the machinery…….and chain saws


  29. Exclaimer August 11, 2015 at 6:10 PM #

    Here is the video of which Hants spoke of. There is no need for me to add any comments.


  30. ac August 11, 2015 at 6:57 PM #

    Much respect for Mr. Watson and would be following his input on this issue


  31. Due Diligence August 11, 2015 at 7:48 PM #

    Thanks Excalimer – Great Video

    Dr Watson quoted

    “What does it profit a man to gain the world but lose his soul lyrics”

    Butch would quote

    Profit is all that matters


  32. Gabriel August 11, 2015 at 8:56 PM #

    I dont think the Chinese would be coming this way any time soon given the news that the yuan has just been devalued.Part of the fallout includes US crude closing today at $43.08 a barrel,the lowest since March ’09.Maybe the minister of energy the quisling Boyce along with the minister of national security the enigmatic Stuart and the bumbling dunce of a minister Sinckler will take another 6 months to pass on the benefit of reduced oil prices,forecast to drop even further in the near future.


  33. Due Diligence August 13, 2015 at 10:16 AM #


    Full page ad on back page of Toronto Star TRAVEL SECTION (and likely other major North American newspapers)



  34. lawson August 13, 2015 at 11:34 AM #

    My friend stayed at sandals on the gap 2 weeks ago he has been to many, even on stewarts yacht and he said it was one of the nicest. They know how to treat a person bending over backwards to right a wrong rather than the home grown pin heads that screwed me over this trip and will never get any of my business ever again.


  35. Due Diligence August 13, 2015 at 7:50 PM #

    When can we expect to hear a response to Dr. Watson from Dr. The Hon. Denis Lowe, M.P. Minister of the Environment and Drainage?


  36. Bush Tea August 13, 2015 at 8:10 PM #

    @ Due Diligence
    A response from Denis Lowe…?
    Did Dr Watson accuse him of not having a ‘real real’ degree…? …or of being a ‘mock doc’?

    …cause that like um the only thing that bothers his donkey.


  37. Bush Tea August 13, 2015 at 8:15 PM #

    LOL @ Lawson
    Boss, it looks like that hotel in the Gap REALLY pissed you off… ha ha ha

    Have you considered that they may be BU readers who have decided to get back at you for your ongoing laughing at Bajan ineptness?
    LOL …they knew exactly where to hurt your tail 🙂 …in the wallet.


  38. lawson August 14, 2015 at 3:49 PM #

    BT are you saying that bu readers don’t like me ha ha I am not offended by them I never attribute anything to malice that can be adequately explained by stupidity Case in point ..When I mentioned the 24 hr bar across the rd playing and yelling all night, the representative said… wait for it…. We usually tell our guests if they are light sleepers they should bring ear plugs. Fuxking ear plugs…. Now what tourist would rent a place if they were told told to bring ear plugs. All I could do was look at her in wonderment.


  39. Bush Tea August 14, 2015 at 6:14 PM #

    Ha Ha Ha
    Man Lawson, either these damn people picking on you specially ….. or that Hotel is employing AC in some kinda management capacity..

    What is REALLY funny is that they did not even OFFER you the ear plugs … NOT EVEN FOR SALE, …but ‘forgot’ to tell you to bring some…. LOL ha ha ha … ohh shiirt!!!

    Serious though, this CANNOT be explained by either malice or stupidity…. there is NO WAY that business people could be so inept, unprofessional and downright stupid ….. UNLESS..

    1 – AC is somehow involved …or..
    2 – Those people somehow know you as “Lawson the BU terror” …. and making your donkey pay for your sins….

    Going by Blakey’s tonight or wuh…? 🙂


  40. ac August 14, 2015 at 8:19 PM #


    ..When I mentioned the 24 hr bar across the rd playing and yelling all night, the representative said… wait for it…. We usually tell our guests if they are light sleepers they should bring ear plugs. Fuxking ear plugs…. Now what tourist would rent a place if they were told told to bring ear plugs. All I could do was look at her in wonderment.

    a broke! or cheap.a,ss tourist both of which you might be,,,


  41. lawson August 14, 2015 at 9:40 PM #

    Sorry BT back home, going out to our new party area lots of new restaurants and bars. You have only heard part of my trip, I bought 10 tickets on a catamaran for family and friends, only 9 showed so I gave one to a black fella and his kids that were getting in line so he could go for free. The boat was far from full, the people inside said that would be fine ,the fellow told me once I had got on the boat they took the ticket from him saying I had forfeited it and made him pay. When I had got back everything was locked up so there was no-one to complain to. Now I am sure the staff stole the money as people matched tickets but what they have done is lost me and my family as perennial customers and I will bad mouth them at every chance I get. The poor black man got screwed again, by his own you almost think the DLP was running that boat


  42. Bush Tea August 14, 2015 at 10:17 PM #

    @ Lawson
    Man stop telling lies do !!! NOBODY would do that sorta shiite….
    Tourism is we business …
    wuh shiite man, we brought a whole bunch of African students here to learn the tricks of the trade (..and put them in Mrs Ram place 🙂 )

    Next thing you would want us to believe is that some joker offered to sell you drugs….


  43. lawson August 15, 2015 at 6:47 AM #

    What??????? You think anyone has to show Nigerians tricks of the trade ha ha Drugs, I hadn’t even got into my building yet when I was approached by a guy saying I can get you anything illegal. I though for a moment then asked for pictures of AC in spandex which I could hand out to the brigade of beggars on the gap asking for money .I don’t think they would ask me twice, talk about broke ass.
    What happens in vegas stays in vegas
    Jamaica ..get all right
    I love new York
    That’s what Barbados needs a catchy slogan, how about
    Barbados….at least the green monkeys are sane


  44. Hants August 15, 2015 at 9:03 AM #


    read page 25 of BarbadosToday. “The Bajan Way”


  45. lawson August 15, 2015 at 9:09 AM #

    I will read it but if it is a picture of AC in spandex…..I will curse you stink


  46. lawson August 15, 2015 at 9:31 AM #

    She has experienced a lot of what I have for many years and this year in particular. Yesterday the US embassy opened in Cuba, investment wont be far behind. The only thing that Barbados has over them is the friendliness of their people, but that is changing. It seems more like an effort today for people to be friendly, unless your buying something. Dark days are ahead unless your president can turn things around, but I doubt it. The carribean vacation pool just got larger it may be difficult in keeping your market share. with the drop in pound and Canadian dollar. Things I wont miss from this years trip……the word TAXI…….. every father’s dream for a son-inlaw the unemployed beach bum panhandler drug dealer ……… and the seaweed


  47. ac August 15, 2015 at 10:02 AM #

    Sounds like somebody paying you to badmouth black people cause bro you sure not able to keep yuh story straight.


  48. lawson August 15, 2015 at 11:31 AM #

    What are you talking about, you moron, I have no real dog in this fight, I tell it as exactly as it is and if it hurts your dlp heart so be it. Your like that woman from the rental place …I aint seen that before……that never happened before….why dont you get some credibility by taking off those dlp rose colored glasses.


  49. Bush Tea August 15, 2015 at 11:34 AM #

    @ lawson 11.31 AM
    …You just needed a full stop after ‘moron’….


  50. Dompey August 15, 2015 at 12:01 PM #

    @ Lawson

    The fact that Cuba has officially established diplomatic relations with the United States does not mean that it will impact tourism in the Caribbean and particularly Barbados in any meaningful way. Listen! Despite what Jamaica has to offer the North American tourist when compared to Barbados. There are still some people who would rather vacation in Barbados, irrespective of what Jamaica has to offer them and vice versa. A lot of people in Barbados seem minimized the fact that tourists who visit the Caribbean do so because of their personal preferences Lawson.


  51. lawson August 15, 2015 at 1:12 PM #

    only time will tell, but what happens when that old brit decides to have a voyage of discovery rather than the ritual of reassurance at a much cheaper price what then? No .. it will be interesting times in barbados for the new presidente . Kick em jenni may make this conversation moot.


  52. ac August 15, 2015 at 2:22 PM #

    Why because I confront your sinister motive. First you complain about the noise. Answer ! make reservation at one of them high class hotels like crane or sandy lane.instead one uh dem cheap rated hotels.BRO you get wud uh pay for, that includes half ass service at half ass price. Then yuh keeptrash talking about black establishment calling them thieves because they dare to double check and verify a person ticket which u say u gave permission to be of use.
    Negro their are rules and regulations that businesses have a right to conduct and regulate for customer safety and protection and that includes u. Think on those things before getting on yuh high horse to slander and ridicule.


  53. lawson August 15, 2015 at 2:46 PM #

    I have a timeshare at the crane , well run and beautiful, I stayed at palm beach last summer ,clean and well run impeccable , my mistake was getting too accustomed to dealing with class acts. I doubt very much any of these businesses are black owned but I dont know they could have been. But you could imagine if I had ordered a hooker out of one of those magazines and a poxy fat old whore like yourself delivering a pizza to the people next door rang my bell by mistake….the look on my face at that first moment I see you is the same one I have on my face each time I read what you have posted


  54. ac August 15, 2015 at 3:18 PM #

    Good !well stop creating a lavish lifestyle at underrated prices. Keep yuh time share in good standing and use it. As fuh that look on uh face at seeing me in the flesh ac can bet that I looka thousands times better than that bearded fig tree uh call a woman.


  55. lawson August 15, 2015 at 5:08 PM #

    The gap was only because the kids begged me, it has really gone down hill over the years, or maybe it was always a dive but I didn’t notice because I only saw it at night. What you fail to realize it is not only the money we spend on where were staying it is how we got there, what we spend there and what it costs to shut down two businesses for 3 weeks. I could stay at an all inclusive but the 40 bucks a day for the beach chairs the money and tips at the restaurants would be sorely missed if it ever entered the island at all when you book an all inclusive.
    Now you will have to stop trying to entice me with your loofa body , the distance is too, far me in canada and you at the black rock mental home You should set the the bar a little lower and just walk down the hall and knock on dompeys door.


  56. ac August 15, 2015 at 6:27 PM #

    now look at that big lie, ,Yuh neva noticed ! ha ! yuh mean to say that you gonna take yuh kids to a place without noticing the social environs, ,wuh please the gap ain;t that big a place that nobody can.t see wuh de hell is going on when they enter ,some kinda father you are. go on now blame the kids you cheap skate


  57. lawson August 15, 2015 at 7:24 PM #

    Are you saying the peeps at the gap are of less social standing than the peeps at holetown?? social environment? do you have a brown skin caste system going on down there that we tourists should know about. are all exclusive DLP tax exempt resorts the future of the gap to keep those of the lower caste away. Tut Tut you mutt I judge people on their own merits apparently ardent DLP cronies do not.


  58. ac August 15, 2015 at 7:32 PM #

    no bro you call the gap a “dive: those are your words not words most would associate with a high ranking so go check yuhself bro, after all you said that is where you kids wannted to go and you took them there,


  59. lawson August 15, 2015 at 8:06 PM #

    yes a dive it has become more run down, you mentioned the people and there social standing shame on you, is this what the rest of your uppity party thinks


  60. Exclaimer August 16, 2015 at 6:56 AM #

    @ Lawson,

    You disappoint me. Naively, I thought you had become a reformed character. However since you have returned from your holiday in Barbados you have reverted back to your old sewer ways.

    You have been plaguing this forum for over two weeks now. It is evident that your sewer rat friends have expelled you from your home.

    If you are looking for a home or a safe haven may I suggest that you dial 666 and ask for a man who goes by the name of Lucifer. He resides in a place called hell. You may find his home and his surroundings congenial to your unpleasant and anarchic character. It is what we would call here in Britain a match made in hell.

    Oh and do have a nice day!


  61. ac August 16, 2015 at 7:19 AM #

    Lawson ! No ! bro u cant throw ac under the bus on this class issue hell no you were the one staging an anti social class war ranting and raging about how bad things were at the gap. my only chime was to call you out as a cheap racist rat,, ta ta,


  62. The observer August 22, 2015 at 10:44 AM #

    It is quite possible that there would be a clash of Chinese and Barbadian culture. Some of the comments relating to Chinese tourists make it clear that some of their behaviors are in conflict with western ideas of what is normal.


  63. The observer August 22, 2015 at 10:48 AM #

    Not picking sides. I just love to see witticisms’

    “Google translation does not help with this. Where do I find a website that translates from Mountgay to English?”



  64. The observer August 22, 2015 at 11:08 AM #


    “The fact that Cuba has officially established diplomatic relations with the United States does not mean that it will impact tourism in the Caribbean and particularly Barbados in any meaningful way”.

    I disagree. If there was an infinite supply of tourists then it is possible that your hypothesis would be correct; but sadly, there is a limit to the number of tourists and not all tourists are rich. Price is a consideration.

    The entrance of Cuba with its (1) proximity to the USA and to the rest of the Caribbean (cheaper air travel and similar climate), (2) its size (longer coastline and therefore more beaches and longer beaches), (3) geographic diversity, bio-diversity and numerous historic buildings (these allow a visitor to experience more on a single trip than they would have experienced by visiting a smaller island) and (4) and cigars will have an impact on tourism in the Caribbean.

    Cuba is the elephant in the room.


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