1st Edition

Tourism Development, Governance and Sustainability in The Bahamas

Edited By Sophia Rolle, Jessica Minnis, Ian Bethell-Bennett Copyright 2020
    260 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 23 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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



    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.