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Cruise line tour in Antigua draws local ire

Should cruise lines be allowed to operate tours on Caribbean islands without involving locals?

The question has come up in Antigua, where a German line owned by industry giant Carnival Corp. is operating mountain biking tours with its own guides and bikes it carries on its ships, according to the Antigua Observer.

The Observer reports the head of Antigua Barbuda’s Tour Operators Association wants the Aida Cruises-operated tours stopped.

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“We think it is wrong,” the news outlet quotes association president Patrick Ryan as saying. “We can’t go into anybody else’s country and operate a business, which is what they are doing, and they are cutting out the local businessmen that could do something similar.”

Ryan tells the Observer the tours set a bad precedent. “What’s to stop them from dropping their own boat in the water and carrying out their own boat tours next year? It’s the same principle,” he says. “What’s to stop them from bringing 50 ATVs next month?”

Cruise lines normally contract with local tour companies to operate shore excursions from their ships.

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