We know some people travel for the bragging rights – to be able to say they went to Trinidad or St. Barths – but a majority of travelers probably pick places because of the beauty, culture, and opportunities. And it is easy to see how those things – especially culture and natural landscape – have suffered at the hand of developers. Take Nassau for example, or Punta Cana. And for those that remember what it looked like before the highway was built, Cabo is a great before/after case study. Cancun is another. (Yes, we know those latter two aren't islands, but the same principle applies).
So while you might be excited to hear that your favorite hotel brand is building a property on XYZ, does the development of the islands excite you overall? If you heard that Island ABC was getting a bunch of new resorts, would that make you want to go there, or make you want to stay away?
We get very caught up in the anticipation that surrounds a new property, but we think it’s important to sometimes take a look at the bigger picture. Is Caribbean development a case of less is more? Drop us your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.