Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Government Studies
Service enterprise development and global competition: a case for the development of the tourism sector in the Caribbean
Journal of Eastern Caribbean studies
Date of Publication
An earlier version was presented at the SALISES 4th Annual conference on development strategy and policy for small states, Janaury 2003, Barbados.
This paper argues that the traditional position 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 industrialization 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, the tourist experience is intangible. The Fordist and neo-Fordist tourism industries are analysed and it is posited that they have the strength and sustainability to support a policy of concentration on tourism as an engine of growth.....