Small Island and Small Destination Tourism
Overcoming the Smallness Barrier for Economic Growth and Tourism Competitiveness
This unique and thoughtful book considers the tourism specialization, economic growth, and tourism competitiveness of a very specific type of tourism: small islands practicing warm water island tourism.
This new book thoroughly examines the phenomenon of why some small island destinations have been more successful than others. The main premise applied is that success and survival of small island tourism hinges on resolving the mystery regarding the relationship between competitiveness and quality of life. In addressing this question, the book reviews four relevant and interconnected concepts: tourism, competitiveness, quality of life, and scale (or size). In doing so, the book enhances understanding of the potential of tourism for the improvement of the quality of life of the residents of small islands.
In the last chapter of the book, the author assesses the impact of COVID-19 on tourism and specifically its ramifications for small island destinations. Whether small island populations can rise from beneath the COVID -19 burden that threatens their economic future is yet to be seen.
Small Island and Small Destination Tourism: Overcoming the Smallness Barrier for Economic Growth and Tourism Competitiveness is written from a sustainable perspective that combines tourism dynamics, development, competitiveness, quality of life, and business. As such, it is aimed at a broad but higher-level audience including graduate students, academicians and researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and international organizations.
Table of Contents
1. Rethinking Smallness and Openness 2. The Tourism Specialization Hypothesis 3. The Tourism Development Model 4. Tourism Angst and Demand Push 5. Tourism Specialization and Economic Growth 6. Constitutional Economics: Blasé? 7. Maintaining the Growth Momentum 8. Upending Scale
Dr. Robertico Croes, is Editor of the Rosen Research Review and Professor at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida. A prolific author and expert on small island tourism, Professor Croes served as the Director of the Dick Pope Sr. Institute for Tourism Studies for 14 years and as Associate Dean of the Rosen College, along with many other roles. He has presented his research around the world and has consulted in numerous countries, including Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Brazil, Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire, Grenada, Italy, and the United States.