Fire and Truth on Little French Key

A BRIEF RECAP ON LITTLE FRENCH KEY

On Sunday, at approximately 9 am, two fires were reported on Little French Key. The first fire originated in the kitchen of the main building and a second fire was born in the generator room. These fires lasted for approximately 3 hours. It is unclear why the kitchen was being used, as Sunday's are light days days for LFK and the kitchen doesn't open until later in the day.  

Overcoming Culture Shock

TIPS FOR OVERCOMING CULTURE SHOCK

Culture Shock is experienced by virtually every expat. But how it manifests itself is different from one individual to another. This is particularly useful, because sooner or later, the decision to relocate to a new country may be undermined by doubt. So know this, questioning your decision to relocate is perfectly normal. 

Santo Guardiola Fire Department

SANTOS GUARDIOLA FIREFIGHTERS

City Councilman delivers equipment that includes firefighting suits, from the Ten-8 company in Branton, Florida, to Lieutenant Borjas and the Santos Guardiola Fire Department. The mayor expressed his gratitude for the valuable donation by the company Ten-8 and declared that this donation will benefit not only the municipality of Santos Guardiola, but the entire island.

Is the Allure Back on?

 
UPDATE on the Allure to Roatan
 

THE ALLURE IS ON THE SCHEDULE

Despite the MSC Armonia incident, cruisers are expecting to dock at Port of Roatan in 2018. As larger cruise line ships like the RCI Liberty at Seas berth at Port of Roatan, optimism sprouts among cruisers who expect to visit Roatan this year.

 ROATAN, HONDURAS

On April 12th, two days after the Armonia struck one of Roatan’s cruise ship docks, Port of Roatan released a statement announcing that large cruise liners were canceling their visits due to the damage caused on 35 meters of the eastern side of the pier. However, smaller vessels would still be able to dock given that the western and central parts of the pier remained undamaged. Moreover, the press release stated that full restoration of the pier would cost more than $10 million and take around three months. This estimate is subject to change. 

REASON FOR OPTIMISM

Notwithstanding Port of Roatan’s statement, the 4,400-passenger Liberty at Seas successfully docked on April 25th. Relatedly, other large ships like the Norwegian Jade and Getaway have also docked as planned. Although this news brings hope to other cruisers who are scheduled to visit Roatan in the upcoming months, it is still unclear if larger vessels may be able to call. Nevertheless, larger ships have the option to tender if they can’t berth.

LATEST INTEL FROM RCI REPRESENTATIVES

A representative of Royal Caribbean International told Roatan Tourism Bureau that its 6,300-passenger Allure of the Seas ship is still scheduled to dock on May 10th and that, as of now, there’s no official report of any changes or cancellations. According to several different sources, RCI will make an official announcement whether or not they will dock in Roatan as the date gets closer. If RCI decides to skip the stop, the Allure of the Seas will either have another day at sea or visit a different port. 

HOPEFUL BUT UNCERTAIN

Due to this uncertainty, many tour operators and tourism providers in Roatan have canceled reservations. The economic impact of this incident is a significant one, and regardless of the pier’s reconstruction speed, thousands of people who benefit from the cruise ship industry in Roatan have already been greatly affected. At the same time, hundreds of cruisers who have Roatan marked down as a favorite port stop on their itineraries are disheartened by the possibility of not visiting the island and are expressing it on social media. 

On the bright side, there were no injuries or human losses reported; and all the cruise lines who dock on Mahogany Bay, including Carnival, Costa, Thomson/Marella and P&O Cruises are unaffected by this incident. 

VIDEO OF THE ALLURE OF THE SEAS

 

 
 

About Roatan Tourism Bureau ™
 

WHO ARE WE?

The Roatan Tourism Bureau ™ (RTB) is a privateNon-Governmental Organization (NGO), which aims to encourage and promote the vitality & growth of Roatan's tourism industry. Promoting Roatan, as a premier travel island destination (both domestically & internationally) is at the center of the Bureau's principal focus. 


WHEN WERE WE ESTABLISHED?

Roatan.Online was launched in early 2017 as an online magazine and travel forum. Later that year, we launched the Roatan Tourism Bureau as a self-funded venture dedicated to the promotion of Roatan and its supporters. 


WHAT WEBSITES DO WE HAVE?

We first launched Roatan.Online and soon after, the Roatan Tourism Bureau site you see today. Since those two sites were launched we've also added two more websites (Roatan.JobsRoatan.Gallery) along with several social media profiles to help us grow our media footprint. We continue to look for ways to serve our community while promoting the interest and the natural beauty of our Bay Islands. Here are a few of our websites: 


WHAT SERVICES DO WE OFFER?

Each website has a different revenue target. The Roatan Tourism Bureau website depends on a subscription-based business model while Roatan Online drives most of its revenue by way of advertisements on its various pages. 

  • Memberships

  • Advertisements

  • Marketing Services

  • Lead Generation

 
 

NOTE: For intangible services such as advertising and web marketing, we offer our services to our clients FREE and UPFRONT before we ever submit an invoice. In other words, If our clients are not satisfied with our work first, we do not charge them.


WHAT IS OUR PURPOSE?

Our purpose is to improve the online presence of the Bay Islands through the latest web marketing techniques and the newest online platforms and mediums. 


IS THERE A NEED FOR A PRIVATE BUREAU?

We believe so. And to understand why we've included a message from our founding member: 

"I was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. I've lived in five countries, including Jamaica where I spent five years falling in love with the Caribbean. I am a proud American citizen and an entrepreneur.

The United States has been good to my family and me, but as a native Honduran, I have a special love for my culture, my heritage, my family, and my people.

Like most Hondurans, I want to see Honduras showcased to the world, in the best light possible.

And while Honduras has so much to offer, few places can match the sheer beauty we find in the Bay Islands.

Until now, the Bay Islands have had a poor online presence.

Sure, there are many businesses and organizations who themselves have stunning websites, but the island of Roatan, Utila, and Guanaja lack the proper online representation.

A key contributor to the Bay Islands' poor online representation has been a slow adoption of new technologies.

There is excellent content online today. but the manner and the platforms on which that content is displayed to the world is outdated and antiquated.

I believe my Honduran birth, my exposure to the American culture, my technical and online knowledge, and my entrepreneurial spirit uniquely qualify me to bring the Bay Islands to the forefront and to the world, online.

Thank you for your continued support,"

 

Emilio F. Castillo
The Roatan Tourism Bureau ™

 

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CONTACT US

EMAIL: info@RoatanTourismBureau.com

 
 

Roatan Caribbean Cup

Roatan Caribbean Cup

FREEDIVING COMPETITION

The Caribbean Cup is an important freediving competition held in Roatan. What follows is an in-depth (no pun intended) article on competitive freediving and freediving in Roatan. The Caribbean Cup came to be in 2013, and it has become one of the most important freediving competitions in the world. World-and-Nation Championships from 5 continents and several countries are held in Roatan. High-level safety teams man the scene and together with distinguished international judges, doctors, and rescue divers professional ensure the safety of each diver.

Roatan Teachers Holiday

Parade & Holiday Announcement

Governación moves the local commemorative holiday to the festivities for the 159th anniversary of the Return of the Bay Islands to the Republic of Honduras, on Monday, April 23, 2018, to grant a holiday to the teachers of the different educational centers of the Insular Department. A parade will honor our teachers on Saturday, April 21, 2018

Celebrating Los "Garifuna" (/ɡəˈrɪfᵿnə/gə-rif-uu-nə)

GARIFUNA SETTLEMENT DAY

The Annual Festival is not one to miss. It is full of festivities, dancing, and singing of old chants and songs in their native Garifuna language. There are several small performances throughout the day, but the main event is a march, along with the bay on foot and on boat that ultimately ends in Punta Gorda.

Public Clarification

MAYOR'S OFFICE RESPONDS WITH LEGAL TERMINOLOGY

On Saturday, April 7th, The Mayor's office responded to the conflict on Little French Key, and with good reason, the outpour by residents, the uncertainty facing the tourism community, and the public perception of an overreach demands it. The clarification was legally crafted and sites Honduran law as a basis for the actions taken by local officials.

RECO Online

RECO Online Payments

At a press conference, the company Roatán Electric Company (RECO) launches a new online payments platform so that users can make payments via their credit cards from the comfort of their homes. This new convenience will allow RECO members to avoid long lines. Users were also invited to visit the customer service offices so that they could create their new online credentials.