International tourism in the Caribbean Area: Current Status

Abstract : In the past the Caribbean was restricted to offering elitist tourist activities, but over the last three decades it has to a large extent opened its doors to international tourism. The advent of mass tourism has been accompanied by a redistribution of the tourism functions and flows within the region. The significant growth in tourism, although essential to the economies of the Caribbean islands, has given rise to a number of issues, the first being the necessity to examine the multiplier effect from tourism revenue within these externally-dependent economies. Next there is both the question of access to resources and the closing of tourist sites in a context where local communities are focusing on coastlines to develop their own numerous tourism and recreational activities. These developments will inevitably require us to consider environmental issues and the sustainability of today’s predominant tourism activities.
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Olivier Dehoorne, Christelle Murat, Nathalie Petit-Charles. International tourism in the Caribbean Area: Current Status. Etudes Caribéennes, Université des Antilles, 2011, 〈10.4000/etudescaribeennes.4713〉. 〈hal-01624750〉

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