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Cruise Ship Tourism on Bonaire- Yea or Nea

May 9, 2010

I have learned that the Bonaire seeks to examine expanding their cruise ship market into the year round agenda. Interestingly, this is a widely debated topic on the streets of Bonaire and in the tourism industry. The April 12 issue of Travel Agent was called The Green Issue. It featured green hotels, tours and information on Caribbean resorts and cruise ships.

For reference I will provide some quotes:

“In a survey from Travel Agent, CruiseOne and Cruises Inc., agents share their thoughts on the importance of green to their cruise ship clients.

60.5% say green cruising is not a factor when deciding which cruise ship to book with (for travel agents)

78.4% of clients do not consider whether a cruise line is green prior to booking

47.5% of clients are somewhat interested in eco tourism as far as shore excursions

When considering a green destination The Caribbean is least green focused 12.2% and Alaska is the highest 49.6%

In a recent survey when CruiseOne and Cruises Inc. asked it’s agent partners how interested their clients were on eco friendly shore excursions 47.5% said their clients were not strongly interested. 29.5% were not at all.

Friends of the Earth (www.foe.org) graded the cruise lines for enviromental advocacy. Holland America earned the highest grade a B. According to http://www.infobonaire.com Holland American arrives in port 8 times from April – Dec. 2010.

A Nov. 2008 story on Caribbean Destinations, National Geographic rated Bonaire a whopping 68 . It’s sister island Aruba scored a low 48 thanks to multi hi rises and cruise ship tourism. Cozumel, another dive destination has seen a great decline with a low score of 47 largely due to cruise ship tourism.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/features/islandsrated0711/islands_caribbean.html

Author’s note:

Here are some other informative sights on the impact on cruise ship tourism on the Caribbean. Please decide if this is the direction Bonaire wishes to proceed. To randomly accept and expand on cruise ship tourism without conducting impact studies is sorely negligent, in my humble opinion. If such environmental impact studies are available I implore the government to make these widely available for reader discretion. It bears mention that Bonaire lacks a cruise ship facility and does not presently have the infrastructure to support an industry being courted aggressively. Most business in town see frequent guests seeking to use the restroom facilities. There are only a few toilets available at Lac Bay to support hundreds of guests.

Whilst it is recognized there are many locals now employed in the taxi industry, it may not be prudent to provide more cruise ships to pay their WEB, and taxi loans. If cruise ship tourism negatively impacts the island down the road as I believe, we will lose our valuable dive and windsurf clientel. A recent story in the Bonaire Reporter suggests the sea grass beds at Lac Bay are being compromised due to the increase in recreation. It does suggest in my opinion that the recent escalation in cruise ship guests has sorely impacted the bay. I defer to others such as Foundation for Progressive Environmental Solutions to comment.

Whilst I am not totally opposed to cruise ship tourism I believe small boutique lines are a better target partner to link with versus the mass cruise ship tourist market.

http://www.planeta.com/planeta/96/0896cruise.html

http://www.pnuma.org/deramb/actividades/gobernanza/cd/Biblioteca/Zonas%20Costeras/24%20Caribbean%20Cruise%20Ship%20Tourism%20Dec%2005%20%282%29.pdf

http://www.csc.noaa.gov/cz/2005/CZ05_Proceedings_CD/pdf%20files/MurrayT.pdf

Source: Travel Agent/CruiseOne and Cruises Inc.

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