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17:30 - 18:00 12 March 2014

Caribbean Tourism: Consumption of places and the growth of the sin industries

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Lecture Theatre 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr Emilio Pantojas Garcia, is based at the Faculty of Social Science of the University of Puerto Rico. His research interests include the political economy of the Caribbean, development theories, governance in the non-independent Caribbean, and the economy 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.


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Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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