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Last Resorts: The Cost of Tourism in the Caribbean

Last Resorts: The Cost of Tourism in the Caribbean

Paperback, 240 pages
ISBN: 1-58367-117-X
Released: November 2005

Price: $22.00
eBook: $19.00 (EPUB & Mobi)

The Caribbean has the fortune—and misfortune—to be everyone’s idea of a tropical paradise. Its sun, sand, and scenery attract millions of visitors each year and make it a profitable destination for the world’s fastest growing industry. Tourism is increasingly touted as its only hope of creating jobs and wealth—literally, the islands’ last resort.

Last Resorts examines the real impact of tourism on the people and landscape of the Caribbean. It explores the structure of ownership of the industry and shows that the benefits it brings to the region do not live up to its claims. New developments in ecotourism, sex tourism, and the burgeoning cruise industry are not changing this pattern of short-term exploitation of the region’s resources. The book shows how Caribbean societies are corrupted by tourism and its culture turned into floorshow parody.

This new edition has been extensively revised and updated. It gives voice to people inside the tourism industry, its critics, and tourists themselves, and offers vital insights into a phenomenon that is central to the globalized world of today.

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations


  1. The Lock and the Key: History and Power
  2. Linkages and Leakages: The Planning Factor
  3. From Banana Farmer to Banana Daiquiri: Employment
  4. “Like an Alien in We Own Land”: The Social Impact
  5. Green Crime, Green Redemption: The Environment and Ecotourism
  6. The Holiday and Its Makers: The Tourists
  7. Sailing into the Sunset: The Cruise Ship Industry
  8. Reclaiming the Heritage Trail: Culture and identity
  9. New Footprints in the Sand: The Future

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Polly Pattullo has written widely about the Caribbean region. She works for the Guardian and Caribbean Insight in London and co-founded a tour operating company in the Eastern Caribbean.