Connections is a weekly series of knowledge notes from the World Bank Group’s Transport & Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Global Practice. It covers projects, experiences, and front-line developments.
(World Bank Group, Washington, DC, 2014-12)
Briceno-Garmendia, Cecilia; Bofinger, Heinrich; Cubas, Diana; Millan-Placci, Maria Florencia
The island states of the eastern
Caribbean are wastefully competing with each other for the
lucrative, yet stagnant, stay-over tourist trade by ‘flying
solo’: separately building long-haul airports and agreeing
to expensive bilateral subsidy deals with airlines.1
Instead, they could vastly increase their tourist revenue
and lower their costs through collaboration to remove
barriers to inter-island travel. The linchpin of such joint
efforts will be a hub-and spoke airline system that funnels
stay-over tourists to the edge of the region and then allows
them to easily fly to their final destination.