Monday, January 18, 2010
Luxury Cruise Ships Still Stopping At Haiti
Luxury Cruise Ships Still Stopping At Haiti’s Private Beaches
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"Beyond the incredulous decision of the cruise line to encourage tourists to “cut loose” in Haiti at such a moment is the wider implication the decision holds. If the tourism industry – specifically, the cruise industry and the luxury resorts it relies on – can embrace such a stark and obscene dichotomy at a time like this, what does the future hold?"
"Never mind that there have been major protests against the privatization of the beach and the fact that Haitians not serving a cocktail to a cruise goer are banned from entering; never mind that the vast majority of Haitians receive almost no economic benefit from Labadee other than the hope that they’ll someday be among the select few picked from the mass of cheap labor to work at the resort, never mind that a chunk of their natural wealth has been partitioned off for frolicking tourists. Never mind that these resorts follow the same model of privatization that impoverished the country in the last two centuries."
No comments. I do not have the expertise to dish out critical comments on such an obscene realization. Gods, the lengths they will go to... I'm so naïve. I need a lesson in rugged capitalism.