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McDavid,Hilton
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Towards an integrated approach for Caribbean tourism under the CSME
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SALISES 5th annual conference: The single market and economy: Legal,political, economic and social dimensions
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March31-April 01,2004
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UWI,St.Augustine
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Abstract
Caribbean tourism is now considered as the engine of growth for most of the region as our preferential treatments for agro-products under the ACP agreement are threatened, and competition through open markets has increased. In addition, globalisation has generated increased competitiveness for our manufactured products. Tourism with its potential for economic growth, employment and foreign currency earnings is an opportunity for the region to work together collaboratively. It is the thesis of this paper that under the CSME, travelling and organization of tours can be properly organized and formalized to generate a fully viable tourist industry that has all the ancillary and supporting services structured and linked to all the CARICOM economies. The paper examines the different components of tourism with the goal of determining how the industry can be made more regionally integrated, sustainable and profitable under the CSME. Specific areas of focus will be the movement and trade of Caribbean produced goods for tourism operators, acquisition of land across the region by tourism interests, access to specialized tourism skills, and immigration barriers that exist for non-regional tourist. Special attention will be paid to outbound tourism and the paper will seek to determine how the region can encourage more intra-regional travel under the CSME.....
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