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Packaged Vacations: Tourism Development in the Spanish Caribbean

Packaged Vacations: Tourism Development in the Spanish Caribbean

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"Ward fills a gap in the literature on hotel and tourism destination development by careful historical analysis of the cases provided by Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico; Cancun, Mexico; Varadero, Cuba; and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, from the early 1950s to 2006."--Dennis J. Gayle, University of the West Indies "Provides a fascinating history that begins with the details of the selection and design of individual resorts (e.g., Laurance Rockefeller's Caneel Bay in St. John, USVI) and proceeds logically in scale to the global context of tourism (e.g., the possible direction of Cuba in the post–Fidel Castro world)."--Paul F. Wilkinson, York University, Ontario Evan Ward's compelling study provides analytical insight into the evolution of today's principal tourism destinations in the Spanish Caribbean. Packaged Vacations examines the political and economic forces that led to the creation of resorts in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, as well as the impact tourism has had on local environments, economies, and cultures. By comparing and contrasting a number of case studies, Ward reveals how historical, political, architectural, planning, and environmental factors led to the unique identities of resorts throughout the region. He also demonstrates that the growth of tourism in the region into a major economic force is driven as much by local and European interests as by those of American corporations.