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Comment by David Lawrence on October 17, 2010 at 4:34pm
Barbados says they want to improve infrastructure, like water storage and maybe that means roads too. But I was down there a few months ago, on the east coast and not the west coast, where everybody else goes, because I wanted to do some surfing. I had no problem with water or roads or other infrastrusture things. Have you?
Comment by Tripatini on October 4, 2010 at 4:52pm
OK, technically the Bahamas are not exactly in the Caribbean. Whatever. Tripatini's current Read of the Week is The Bahamas: A Great Destination, by member Chelle Koster Walton.
Comment by Tony King on September 7, 2010 at 6:16pm
Not too many Road Warriors in the Caribbean, I used to be one years ago and it was arguably the cushiest job in the Ford Motor Company ; I don't think anyone in Detroit even knew that the job existed - would have probably been fired instantly.... !! Incidentally, I was never restricted as to the use of US hotels as opposed to non-US. ones.
Comment by Anil on September 4, 2010 at 1:30am
David,Tony,Patricia,Julie et. al. People do stay in Hyatt,JWM,Hilton when travelling internationally. That is the distinct segment known as road-warriors, business traveller and governmental types who have to use US carriers and US hotels. Discussing the nuances of this group is a topic in itself. The right question should be, what security blanket kind of a purpose do the American chains serve that other hotels might not ? Many frequent flyers who do international travel very often say - A Hyatt/Marriott/Starwood removes anxiety and allows them to focus on their business. Now, a leisure resort or island is another story.
BTW: Not all Caribbean islands have a distinct local cusine. In fact some of the islands import everything from US as nothing of substance grows locally.
Comment by David Lawrence on September 2, 2010 at 6:08pm
Shoutout to Tony for the best solution.
Comment by Northeast News on September 2, 2010 at 5:11pm
"It probably depends on the person" is right. When it comes to travel preferences (and culture, and religion, and politics, and spending power) there are no typical Americans. The marketing and branding pros must be walking on eggshells these days.
Comment by Tony King on September 2, 2010 at 3:21pm
Best solution, close all the hotels, charter a yacht, call me...!!
Comment by Julie on September 2, 2010 at 2:52pm
It probably depends on the person. My personal preference is definitely small, independent hotels. But I also enjoy eating local cuisine and experiencing the local culture when I travel. However, I also have friends who prefer American chain hotels even when they travel internationally.
Comment by Patricia Borns on September 2, 2010 at 2:21pm
David raises an important question. How many Americans share or don't share his travel preference? For many years, the Caribbean was on an all-inclusive corporate hotel binge that erased its cultural distinctiveness, because that's what governments believed Americans wanted. Now, the talk is of small footprint boutique hotels and local rentals. To paraphrase Freud, what do Americans really want?
Comment by David Lawrence on September 2, 2010 at 1:26pm
Good Q, Northeast, 2 good answers. Also as an American, I don't want to stay at a Hyatt or Hilton, especially in another country. Would we go all the way to Japan to stay at a dude ranch?

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