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In many of the Caribbean Islands, tourism accounts for more than 60% of the economy.  (In the Bahamas it is 85%).  Haiti and Cuba have recently become tourist destinations and are expected to get a good jolt to their income.

Since these are all island countries, there is a wealth of beautiful beaches and water activities.  One can scuba dive, windsurf, fish, and sail on almost all of the islands.  The tropical weather allows the islands to be home to thousands of varieties of flowers, trees, and birds.  Many tourists visit the islands for the sole purpose of observing nature.  Enjoying the unique cuisine and island music is another big draw as well as shopping in the open markets.

1. On the Grand Bahama Island, just about every major beach resort has windsurfers as well as instruction for sale.  One resort rents a windsurfer for $15/hr, $30/3hrs, $40/day, or $175/week.  Another resort has a flat rate of $25/hr. Max plans on windsurfing on Monday to Wednesday for 6 hours each day.  How much would each option cost?  Which is the least expensive?  How much cheaper is it than the most expensive?  Can you think of a reason that someone might pay $25/hr. rather than $15?

2. Freeport in the Bahamas is a shopping haven where you can save 25-50% on such things as perfume, jewelry, china, leather goods, and camera equipment.  There is no tax so most things are considerably cheaper here.  If a certain gold bracelet costs $950 in the States, but it is 35% cheaper in Freeport, how much would it cost?  How much cheaper is it?  If Peter pays $560 for a camera, which was 40% less than he would have paid in New York City, what would the original cost of the camera have been?

3. The Caribbean National Forest (El Yunque Park) in Puerto Rico contains 24 miles of trails through beautiful forests and jungles where one can view waterfalls, rushing streams, and all varieties of nature.  The El Yunque trail to the summit (3500 ft.) is 2.5 miles to the Cloud Forest.  If a group of hikers ascend at a rate of 1/2 mile every 40 minutes, stay at the top and enjoy lunch and the spectacular view for an hour, then hike down at 1 mile an hour, how long was their hike from start to finish?

4. In Haiti there is a 2 block long Iron Market near the Port au Prince harbor where dozens of craftworkers display their wares.  Straw and wooden figures and brightly colored clothing are among the items for sale.  Many of the buildings in the market are fronted with intricately designed ironwork painted in brilliant colors.  Diana buys a shirt at the market for 266.97 gourdes ($1 = 16.18 gourdes).  How much did she pay in United States dollars?  Andrew bought a trio of wooden figures for $23.25 (US). How much did he pay in gourdes?

5. One of the major tourist draws in Tobago is watching the giant sea turtles lay their eggs.  They only do this at nighttime when the female decides that it is safe.  She drags her heavy body across the sand, digs a large hole with her flippers, and deposits about 100 ping pong sized eggs.  She covers the nest and quickly returns to the sea.  She does this about 3 times in one season.  Suppose 6 turtles have laid their eggs on the beach in Tobago.  Unfortunately, only 35% of them survive.  30% are eaten by rats and mongooses.  20% are destroyed by high winds.  10% are swept away in flood waters and 5 % are scooped up by curious tourists.  Make a circle graph to show how many are in each group.

6. On the north shore of Jamaica, one of the most interesting things to do is to visit the Dunnes River Falls.  The Dunnes River cascades over a number of rock terraces on its way to the sea.  The stepping stones allow easy access up and down their 600 feet under a noisy shower.  Matt and Mia are on their honeymoon.  They decide to sail on the Dunnes River.  The cost is $45 a piece for half a day.  Before she leaves, Mia has her hair braided for $44 and they each buy a red striped crew shirt for $12.50.  Matt gets a cap for $11.  While sailing, they enjoy a lunch of jerk chicken and rice for $5.50 each and a fruit drink for $1.50 each.  At the end of their sail, they tip the captain $5 for his well narrated tour.  How much did they spend?

Caribbean Tourism Solutions

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