Dr Emilio Pantojas Garcia (University of Puerto Rico) - John Urry’s book, The Tourist Gaze (1990) raised awareness about the centrality of places and experiences to the tourist trade. Since then a number of studies have documented how places, historical narratives, and fantasies have become a key component of the Caribbean tourist sector. The sun, sand and sea components of Caribbean tourism are now complemented by a “Vegas-like” offer, where sex, gambling, drugs and fantasy are the main attractions. This presentation focuses on three activities: sexual tourism, gambling, and money laundering, and discusses how the Caribbean is rapidly becoming associated with the “sin industries”, offering a comparative perspective with competitors in Tropical Asia.
UCL-Institute of the Americas is grateful to Dr Pantojas Garcia, who will also be delivering the keynote at the conference 'Politics in the UK Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies' on March 14.
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UCL - Institute of the Americas
co-ordinating teaching and research on the Western Hemisphere. Its
wide coverage of the Americas includes the United States and Latin
America, the Caribbean and Canada, offering an opportunity to acquire
in-depth and multi-disciplinary knowledge of the Americas that is
unique in Europe.