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Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work
Challenges for Academic Research in Tourism in the Caribbean
Tourism and Hospitality Education in the Caribbean
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University of the West Indies Press
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Notes that tourism is a major industry in the Caribbean and has significant social, economic and environmental impacts on the region. Despite the fact that it accounts for a fourth of foreign exchange earnings in the region, there is a paucity of rigorous theoretical research on tourism and tourism studies are still not seen as a legitimate discipline in the region's universities. Makes the case for further theoretical research by describing the transition in the tourist product from 'sun and fun' to eco-tourism. Argues that, of the environment, new tourism products such as all-inclusive hotels and water sports actually change, and in some cases destroy the environment. Concludes by recommending that tourism studies become more focused on these burgeoning issues by drawing on the literature on development rather than the current hotchpotch of theoretical ideas from various disciplines.....