Asserting that she has lived in the Caribbean and travelled the region, United States Ambassador to Barbados and the eastern Caribbean, Linda S. Taglialatela has told reporters here that it is very easy to build hotels.
However the US diplomat expressed the opinion that if the region wants repeat visitors and people to invest, they have to be provided with the appropriate infrastructure.
Taglialatela spoke of the need to work on roads and schools so that there is a large number of young individuals who have skills and can be employed in industry, being able to deal with the fluctuations in tourism.
“A long time ago I believed – you know my mother used to say: ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’ and I truly believe that, because tourism is very fluctuating,” she explained.
According to the US Ambassador, there can be good and not so good years for tourism.
“So there have to be other things that you rely on and I think that providing people with other opportunities outside of tourism – I am not saying you can’t rely heavily on tourism, but I think there needs to be other avenues out there for people to turn to,” Taglialatela said.