Behind the Smile: The Working Lives of Caribbean Tourism

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Preface to
the Second Edition

The research for the first edition of Behind the Smile was conducted between 1998 and 2000. A decade later, in the summer of 2010, I returned to Barbados to see how tourism had changed, if at all. Despite the global recession (2008–2010), which reduced the numbers of visitors to Barbados, tourism remains essential to the economic well-being of Barbados. Returning to Barbados gave me an opportunity to catch up with many of the people whose narratives are included here. For those I was able to locate I have added short epilogues. I have also added two new narratives, that of Rosie Hartmann, who offers a colorful description of her life and work organizing excursions for cruise ship passengers and locals, and Colin Jordan, who as president of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) describes his work trying to educate Barbadians about the importance of tourism to the country. This new edition also includes a description of the tourists who visit Barbados, thus addressing an unfortunate omission in the first edition, and an epilogue describing my field school students’ encounters with tourists and tourism.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Preface to the Second Edition xi
  • 1- Island Tourism 2
  • 2- Work and Encounters in Tourism 28
  • 3- The Airport 43
  • 4- The Hotel 57
  • 5- The Beach 114
  • 6- The Attractions 139
  • 7- The Research and Promotion of Tourism 188
  • 8- Conclusion 211
  • Epilogue 228
  • Acknowledgments 244
  • Acknowledgments for the Second Edition 246
  • Bibliography 248
  • Index 254
  • George Gmelch 258
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