CEPAL Review

Cepal Review is the leading journal for the study of economic and social development issues in Latin America and the Caribbean. Edited by the Economic Commission for Latin America, each issue focuses on economic trends, industrialization, income distribution, technological development and monetary systems, as well as the implementation of economic reform and transfer of technology. Written in English and Spanish (Revista de la Cepal), each tri-annual issue offers approximately 12 studies and essays undertaken by authoritative experts or gathered from conference proceedings.

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Tourism competitiveness in the Caribbean

This article analyses the main determinants of competitiveness in the Caribbean tourism stay-over industry using panel data for the period 1995-2006, based on an augmented version of an empirical model by Craigwell (2007). The ex post measure of competitiveness used is the share of world outbound tourists from Canada, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America arriving in a Caribbean destination. The study finds evidence that Caribbean tourism competitiveness can be enhanced through policy measures that favour, among others, increases in investment, private sector development, better infrastructure, lower government consumption, a more flexible labour market, reduced vulnerability to natural disasters, higher human development and slow rises in oil prices. This article is an attempt to fill the gap on econometric research relating to tourism competitiveness for the Caribbean region.

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