When COVID reared its ugly head on cruise ships, management was asleep at the wheel.
- Tourism issues, that could have been corralled and addressed in its early stages was allowed to grow and assault the entire planet.
- To this day, cruise line and tourism executives, government bureaucrats, and elected officials often refuse to take responsibility for their negligence.
- Many of those in charge of the cruise or tourism industry never offered an apology for their disregard of facts and science and their “head in the sand” approach to the management of their organizations and the well-being of passengers and crew.
The devasting collapse is a product of the Caribbean’s absolute failure to diversify its economic activity and a myopic view of its own resources. This is one of the least diversified areas of the world with tourism accounting for 14 percent of GDP in…