Complexities Of Tourism Planning And Development In Cuba

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Carol Kline PhD, Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Within the last ten years, Cuba has undergone many social, economic, and political changes. Since President Raul Castro took the reins from his brother, Fidel Castro, he has restructured several core economic principles within the island nation to allow for more legalized private enterprises, reduce the number of State-employed workers, and foster additional outside investments in order to tackle economic stagnation. These reforms have created a surge of entrepreneurial activity in tourism among Cuban residents who are entering into the private sector, offering new products or expanding traditional ones such as opening paladars (private restaurants) or operating their homes as casa particulares (bed and breakfast enterprises). Paralleling the changes in Cuban domestic economic policies, there has also been increased interest in the potential for significant transformation in the relationship between Cuba and the US that led to speculation and attention among researchers, politicians, and investors alike. Though the current diplomatic climate suggests uncertainty foreseeable future, the ripple effects of the possibility of a thawed relationship went beyond the two countries with an unexpected surge in international travels looking to experience Cuba before it was opened up to US travelers.

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Lauren Duffy & Carol Kline (2018) Complexities of Tourism Planning and Development in Cuba, Tourism Planning & Development, 15:3, 211-215, DOI:10.1080/21568316.2018.1440830. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2018
Cuba, tourism, Cuban-U.S. relationship, private enterprise

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