Island Tourism and Sustainable Development: Caribbean, Pacific, and Mediterranean Experiences

Island Tourism and Sustainable Development: Caribbean, Pacific, and Mediterranean Experiences

Island Tourism and Sustainable Development: Caribbean, Pacific, and Mediterranean Experiences

Island Tourism and Sustainable Development: Caribbean, Pacific, and Mediterranean Experiences

Synopsis

This multidisciplinary volume discusses the impact of tourism on sustainable development in the Caribbean, the Pacific, and the Mediterranean. Bringing together scholars, development practitioners, international experts, and professionals, the contributors discuss the issues from a holistic and transnational perspective. This work provides a much-needed, thorough understanding of the interplay among economic, cultural, environmental, and public health parameters.

Excerpt

This book is the result of shared experiences and interests in tourism’s role in the development of island economies. The time we spent in south Florida and our backgrounds and relationship with the maritime regions of the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, respectively, compounded our academic curiosity. We both were searching for answers to pressing questions that were difficult to articulate without a systematic investigation. Why, despite the tourist influx, has socio-economic development remained so elusive for the majority of the population living in Caribbean islands? Why does tourism affect British Bermuda so differently from the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico? Who, if anyone, pays to clean up the extensive marine pollution in the Mediterranean basin?

Our involvement in two other book projects on Mediterranean and Caribbean tourism, respectively, further heightened our interest in issues of tourism, spatial and socioeconomic inequality and unevenness, marginalization of people, dependency forms, and government corruption and ineffectiveness in developing regions. Our long-held beliefs in the pivotal role of sustainability in the future of development in small islands and island states were further reinforced. We decided then that the time was ripe for a collective book that would bring together a multidisciplinary group of scholars, educators, de-

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