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.
Protests by the island’s inhabitants, which culminated last Saturday, caused a nearly $1 million in losses from cruise cancellations.
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.
Business organizations have set February 12 as the day when they will close their businesses to protest the increase in minimum wages.
The nine-day-old strike by bus drivers and truckers exploded into violence in which 15 police officers and 50 other people were injured.
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