Roatan Loses $250 Thousand Daily Due to Protests

Cruise ships are canceling their arrivals to the Honduran island because they are unable to operate due to local workers' protests that block the port.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Each cruise ship brings about 300 tourists who spend $74 per day, on average. Yesterday, Wednesday, the cruise ship, “Carnival Valor," canceled its arrival and another of these ships canceled today.

The workers are claiming that companies are hiring a number of foreign staff with wages lower than local ones.

In the article, it was reported that "the demonstrations have been developed against the offices of the Administrator of the Tourist Free Zone (ZOLITUR), to the point that nearby streets were closed, preventing the free movement of locals and thousands of daily visitors who come to the main Honduran tourist destination. Similarly, hotels and restaurants were directly affected by the road blockades and riots that drove off the tourists."

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Honduras: Cruise Ships Return to Roatán

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Protests by the island’s inhabitants, which culminated last Saturday, caused a nearly $1 million in losses from cruise cancellations.

After reaching an agreement with Honduran Tourism authorities, the inhabitants of Roatán ended the protests and cruise ships returned to the island.

February 12: "A Day Without Enterprises" in Honduras

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Business organizations have set February 12 as the day when they will close their businesses to protest the increase in minimum wages.

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A protest by pilots who guide ships through the Panama Canal is causing unprecedented delays and bottlenecks in the waterway, according to reports from workers and shipping companies.

Some 250 canal pilots are going slow to push for higher wages and formal contracts.
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Nicaragua transport strike erupts in violence

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The nine-day-old strike by bus drivers and truckers exploded into violence in which 15 police officers and 50 other people were injured.

The violence broke out when riot police moved in with tear-gas to break up a blockade by the strikers of the Pan-American Highway. Strikers fought back with stones and machetes.

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