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Packaged Vacations
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Evan Ward's compelling study provides analytical insight into the evolution of today's principal tourism destinations in the Spanish Caribbean. Packaged Vacations examines the political and economic forces that led to the creation of resorts in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic, as well as the impact tourism has had on local environments, economies, and cultures.

By comparing and contrasting a number of case studies, Ward reveals how historical, political, architectural, planning, and environmental factors led to the unique identities of resorts throughout the region. He also demonstrates that the growth of tourism in the region into a major economic force is driven as much by local and European interests as by those of American corporations.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xv-xxvi
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  1. Prologue: Departures
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Part 1. The American Caribbean
  2. p. 5
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  1. 1. The Rockefellers
  2. pp. 7-20
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  1. 2. Conrad Hilton
  2. pp. 21-42
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  1. 3. Cathedrals of Chaos
  2. pp. 43-52
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  1. Part 2. The Latin Caribbean
  2. p. 53
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  1. 4. Dorado Beach
  2. pp. 55-70
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  1. 5. A Second Marriage
  2. pp. 71-86
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  1. 6. Destination Cuba!
  2. pp. 87-104
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  1. 7. Visions of CancĂșn
  2. pp. 105-134
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  1. Part 3. The Global Caribbean
  2. p. 135
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  1. 8. A Means of Last Resort
  2. pp. 137-154
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  1. 9. Punta Cana
  2. pp. 155-184
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  1. Epilogue: Observations from 135 Degrees
  2. pp. 185-192
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. 193-194
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 195-208
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 209-224
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 225-236
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  1. About the Author
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