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1st Edition

Tourism Development, Governance and Sustainability in The Bahamas

ISBN 9780367512286
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
260 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book focuses on the complex issues of tourism development, governance and sustainability in the long-standing popular island destination, The Bahamas, where tourism remains one of the primary fiscal industries.

The book achieves this by looking at the impacts of mass tourism development from social, economic and environmental perspectives; panarchy and resilience; assessing sustainability; moving towards a blue economy; impacts of climate change and innovative alternative tourism offerings to ensure sustainable tourism – a welcomed but challenging essential contemporary focus of the tourism industry. It further looks at how development, governance and sustainability come together in the aftermath of a recent natural disaster, hurricane Dorian, which proved to be a strong catalyst for action, innovation and change in The Bahamas.

Given the complexity of these key concepts and The Bahamas as an established popular tourism destination archipelago which relies so heavily on the industry, this book offers significant insight for other tourism regions and will therefore be essential reading for upper-level students and academics in the field of Tourism research.

Table of Contents

About the Editors

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Contributors

Foreword: Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace

List of Abbreviations


PART I: Development

1. Identities in Flux: Psychological acculturation and developing tourism in The Bahamas.

Dr. Mayuri Deka

2. The impact of tourism development on small island communities in The Bahamas: The

case of Abaco, Bimini and Exuma.

Jessica Minnis, Dr. Sophia Rolle & Dr. Ian A. Bethell-Bennett

3. Living on islands: Tourism and quality of life on the islands of Abaco, Bimini and Exuma

The Bahamas.

Jessica Minnis & Margo Blackwell

4. Vacation rental market in The Bahamas.

Jay Jones-Mills

5. Case Study on Bahamian Carnival

Dr. Ian Bethel-Bennett

6. Junkanoo carnival, Bahamas as a strategy for tourism development.

Dr. Ian Bethel-Bennett

PART II Governance

7. Tourism governance, panarchy and resilience in The Bahamas.

Dr. Michelle McLeod

8. Atlantis - A case study in the experience economy.

Zhivago Laing

9. The economics of smiling: A history of the Bahamian courtesy campaign 1955 - 1970.

Edward Minnis

PART III Sustainable Development

10. Assessing sustainability in small island developing states: A comparative analysis of

sustainability assessment tool and their applicability to small island developing states.

Stacey Wells-Moultrie

11. Toward A Blue Economy: Ragged Island- A case for sustainable development for the

islands of The Bahamas.

Dr. Bridgette Rolle

12. Climate change, tourism and sustainable development in The Bahamas.

Dr. Adelle Thomas and Dr. Lisa Benjamin

13. Marijuana agro -tourism habitat

Dr. Sophia A. Rolle


14. Sustaining tourism after a hurricane

Neil Sealey

15. Hurricane Dorian: A case for building comprehensive climate change resilience

Frameworks for Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean.

Dr. Teo Cooper



16. Towards an understanding of the tourism experience

Dr. Joshua Carroll


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Sophia Rolle is Graduate Programmes Coordinator and Senior Lecturer of Tourism Management in the Centre for Hotel and Tourism Management, Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of the West Indies.

Jessica Minnis is a Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of The Bahamas.

Ian Bethell-Bennett is an Associate Professor and former Dean of Liberal and Fine Arts at the University of The Bahamas.