Cruise Tourism in the Caribbean

5208 Words Mar 27th, 2013 21 Pages
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Critically examine the role that Caribbean cruise tourism is playing in the economies and social sectors of the region. What are the economic and social costs/ benefits derived from this type of industry? What should Caribbean countries be doing to derive more benefits and mitigate social and environmental damage? |

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION 3 ECONOMIC IMPACTS 3 SOCIAL / SOCIAL-CULTURAL IMPACTS 7 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS 11 RECOMMENDATIONS 16 THE FUTURE OF CRUISE TOURISM 20 CONCLUSIONS 23 Bibliography 24

INTRODUCTION

A cruise is defined as a Sail from place to place for pleasure, through a succession of destinations on board a cruise ship. This is inclusive of accommodation as well as food and
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As a result, cruise ships registered under flags of convenience are exempt from multiple tax responsibilities and implement lenient standards of safety, undergo few environmental inspections, operating costs low, recruit staff without national or international regulations.

According to the World Tourism Organization, tourism is the second largest industry in the world and has enjoyed 300% growth rate in the past two decades. In 2003, tourism was valued at $1.28 trillion. Looking forward 10 years from now, the WTO projects that tourism will represent $2.3 trillion of expenditures and generate 84 million jobs around the world at a growth rate of 5.5% per year.
International Trade
Tourism is the single most important source of revenue for many countries and it provides a viable alternative to underdeveloped and developing countries in the Caribbean.
Community development opportunities
Tourism is an important job creator, employing millions of people around the world. The vast majority of tourism jobs are in small or medium-sized, family-owned enterprises, especially in developing countries. Through tourism, locals within host destination are given the opportunity to remain in their local region and have incentives to better improve their
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