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Tourism in Latin America, Les Lumsdon and Jonathan Swift (London, UK: Continuum International Publishing Group, 2001; 224 pp. US$41.95 Pbk; ISBN 0-8264-5148-9)

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Lumsdon and Swift's book is an introductory guide to the tourism industry of Latin America, defined by them as the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries of continental South America, plus meso-america, Mexico and the Caribbean islands of Cuba and the Dominican Republic. It is a timely reminder that this vast area is usually neglected in tourism studies because its impact on world tourism is tiny, accounting for a mere 7% of all international arrivals. However, the region has almost limitless potential and in many parts tourism is practically unknown. Even basic information about tourism is hard to find, especially for domestic tourism. This book is therefore a welcome addition to the rather scarce literature. It is comprehensive and well researched, and reflects the authors' intimate knowledge of the region and their familiarity with the local tourism administrations. The work is fully referenced and up to date, well written, and well organized (but not without the occasional slip<\#0151>tourism policies, apparently, ``attempt to maximise the adverse effects of tourism'' p. 54).
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Document Type: Book Review

Affiliations: George Mason University, Virginia, USA

Publication date: 2002-12-01

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  • Tourism Review International is a peer-reviewed journal that advances excellence in all fields of tourism research, promotes high-level tourism knowledge, and nourishes cultural awareness in all sectors of the tourism industry by integrating industry and academic perspectives. Its international and interdisciplinary nature ensures that the needs of those interested in tourism are served by documenting industry practices, discussing tourism management and planning issues, providing a forum for primary research and critical examinations of previous research, and by chronicling changing tourism patterns and trends at the local, regional and global scale.
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