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link Chrissy Joined: Nov 14, 2002
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9/13/17 10:40:20 AM 
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Caribbean can depend on tourism for survival should be locked up and they should throw away the keys.

Allyuh watch unemployment across the region now.

link archangel Joined: Mar 16, 2004
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9/13/17 11:58:17 AM 
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At the same time watch the countries that were not affected that much experience a boon period.

link black Joined: Feb 28, 2004
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9/13/17 12:36:36 PM 
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Diversification, it's no different than investing in stocks.

You put all your eggs in one basket and you stand to lose it all.

link nitro Joined: Apr 10, 2003
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9/13/17 12:47:37 PM 
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Trade Unions and Socialists killed the other industries Prof.

That is my humble, deplorable opinion.

link camos Joined: May 6, 2003
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9/13/17 1:05:54 PM 
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What industries are better able to withstand a 'cat5 ' hurricane?

confused

link nickoutr Joined: Mar 21, 2008
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9/13/17 1:26:01 PM 
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a year ago allyuh bragging and boasting about you clear water and pristine beaches ... gimme the Essequibo black water and mudflat for shoreline anyday ... forget the choke and rob and kick down door and shooting that is man made but hurricanes? try controlling that

link Chrissy Joined: Nov 14, 2002
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9/13/17 4:32:06 PM 
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I'm surprised yuh didn't say emancipation.

KYS yuh hignorant hass!

link POINT Joined: Jan 2, 2003
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9/14/17 9:51:08 AM 
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I agree with your assessment , in SVG
Arrowroot is once again being grown ; so also is Coffee & Cocoa ; there is
now a Chocolate Factory in SVG .

Ground Provision is also being grown to sold to neighbouring Islands . The Banana Industry , has strictures , but can be revived . This Industry suffered from the fact that one of
Bill Clinton's Financial Supporters
got Clinton to complain to the WTO regarding the preferential treatment
the Region was getting from England .

The fact is that Bananas are not grown Commercially in the USA , but Clinton's financial Supporter had Estates in eith Central or South America .

link sgtdjones Joined: Feb 16, 2017
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9/14/17 10:12:06 AM 
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All the clowns elected in the Caribbean believe that tourism is the
way to build the economy.
Then their brainless supporters elect them.

Ask limestone girth sudden about lil England.

link camos Joined: May 6, 2003
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9/14/17 10:38:10 AM 
I am for diversification it is prudent risk management,but can you guys name some industries that would be better able to withstand disasters ?

link Kay Joined: Feb 1, 2015
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9/14/17 11:51:13 AM 
Given environmental impositions and size of those small island economies I don't see any other more viable or lucrative industry that their infrastructure can sustain.

For the same reasons there seems to be a decrease in direct foreign investments in recent years.

Lots of reading material on the issue HERE

link nick2020 Joined: Jul 2, 2012
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9/14/17 12:15:53 PM 
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Question Chrissy:

What should they depend on?

link nick2020 Joined: Jul 2, 2012
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9/14/17 12:17:28 PM 
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Given environmental impositions and size of those small island economies I don't see any other more viable or lucrative industry that their infrastructure can sustain.


In other words everyone can tell ya de problem but no one got de solution lol

link JOJO Joined: Jan 29, 2003
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9/14/17 12:22:58 PM 
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The problem with the politicians and policymakers is that they think like you...they do not base their actions on facts but on philosophy and "gut feelings".

Because if you look at the FACTS (figures), you would realize that since 1980, tourism has proved to be the most resilient and has recovered the fastest from the effects of hurricanes. Not agriculture--and definitely not manufacturing (the latter in some cases, never recovered).

But stick to your philosophy...don't be confused by facts.

link nitro Joined: Apr 10, 2003
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9/14/17 1:03:02 PM 
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Indeed.

link sgtdjones Joined: Feb 16, 2017
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9/14/17 1:35:50 PM 
Folk lets think

What does the Caribbean have in abundance and free?

Sunshine with rainfall.

We have land.

Humans need food

Focus on Agriculture, grow stuff and sell.

T&T imports over 5 Billion dollars in Food.

There is numerous job in Agriculture but it is not a glamorous field to be in.

Use tourism as the gravy and not giving foreigners tax dollars as incentives.

link Headley Joined: Dec 2, 2007
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9/14/17 2:15:48 PM 
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Sarge as a thinking man who obviously knows about agriculture I would like to ask a question. If you're going into the orange juice business would you accept any type of orange or would you specialize in juicy oranges? big grin

link sgtdjones Joined: Feb 16, 2017
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9/14/17 2:19:19 PM 
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Get the plants from Brazil they can withstand diseases, drought etc
and can take up to 60 mph winds.

Brazil experimented with various species and export Orange Juice world wide.

Florida Orange fields are on its last legs.

link Oilah Joined: Jun 14, 2010
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9/14/17 2:31:09 PM 
These powerful storms will take out any crop planted...

link Ewart Joined: Mar 5, 2005
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9/14/17 3:54:43 PM 
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Ganja! big grin big grin







No... seriously!!! Ganja!


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link Headley Joined: Dec 2, 2007
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9/14/17 4:07:46 PM 
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Sarge as a thinking man who obviously knows about tourism I would like to ask a question. If you're going into the tourism business would you attract any type of tourist or would you specialize in wealthy tourists? big grin

link sgtdjones Joined: Feb 16, 2017
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9/14/17 4:24:43 PM 
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I would first look at the pro and cons of the property.ie beach front, close to
airport, not far from the capital of island etc

Then, I would look at the island and its proximity to its main source of tourists
that presently visit.

See how the island is marketed by its Tourist Board.
What attracts visitors to this island.

Get info from the island Tourist Board on the percentage of foreign tourist
visited over the last 5 years and where they came from.

Do they visit by ships that call on the port, or stay at least a week to enjoy the
ambience and attractions.

Do they visit for sports ie Cricket.

Now ah gats some info

Make a marketing plan with your information.

Remember this plan must be flexible and not written in stone.

A 5 year plan is a must with financial capital to do it.

Get your banker on board with you .

You can now target your tourist ie where they come from,their financial
position, average spending per week, etc etc

Within 3 to 5 years most small business will go broke based on poor
business plan and marketing.

Last but not the least
A marketing plan never fails, it just fails to
be implemented.

link jen Joined: Jan 4, 2008
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9/14/17 4:38:37 PM 
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I'm all for not depending strictly on tourism, but the harsh reality is, even fishing and agriculture would have taken a serious hit as well from Irma. Imagine fishing and no boats. Imagine trying to export Agriculture when it out rooted and no where to be found.

It's part the reason why people moving away from growing Banana. Cocoa is now being favoured as lil wind can't destroy them like it will do a banana tree.

And last but not least, being originally from the lil dot of Bequia, I can safely tell you, without Tourism, it wouldn't be where it is. Soil is too hard for agriculture, plus the Tourism automatically means more money for the fisher folks. Them tourists does demand sea food in abundance. When lobster season reach in, fishermen does rejoice. Tourists don't hesitate for it.

link Headley Joined: Dec 2, 2007
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9/14/17 4:40:25 PM 
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All of that is good but what about sustainability? big grin

What happens after hurricane Irma? big grin

Once the rebuilding is done, St Martin and St Barts "will be the two Caribbean islands with the best infrastructure"

link Headley Joined: Dec 2, 2007
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9/14/17 4:58:55 PM 
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Thanks. You should have posted earlier! big grin

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