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.
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.
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About Roatan Tourism Bureau ™
WHO ARE WE?
The Roatan Tourism Bureau ™ (RTB) is a private, Non-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.
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.Jobs, Roatan.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.
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.
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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