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McDavid, Hilton
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The industrialization of tourism: A caribbean perspective.
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Proceedings American Society of Engineering Management National Conference
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October 15-18, 2003
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St. Louis, Missouri
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Missouri
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American Sociey of Engineering Management.
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Abstract
Defines 'tourism' within the context of Caribbean and explains the scope of the Tourism Sector and it's Allied Industries. It establishes that allied industries that are dedicated to the tourist experience, such as the manufacturing of artefacts, and air transport are integral parts. Having established the framework for analysis, the paper then discusses the practices within the sector that can be described as pre-Fordist, Fordist and neo- Fordist and argues that the traditonal argument that manufacturing exports are to be preferred over personal services because the former has high productivity growth though not without merit, misses the many tenets of industrialisation that modern day tourism is exhibiting. These tenets such as economies of scale, economies of scope, flexible production processes, industrial concentration and product differentiation are often ignored as the final product is for the most part intangible.The final argument is that because of industrialisation and the behaviour similar to manufacturing, small economies can concentrate on tourism as their major vehicle for economic development.....
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