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Foreign Direct Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean 2008

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In 2008, inward foreign direct investment (FDI) in Latin America and the Caribbean rose to a new record high despite slowing with respect to the previous year, and the region's outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) reached its second highest level ever. Considering the economic and financial turmoil of the times, these results are surprisingly positive, but caution needs to be exercised in their interpretation. Many of the investments carried out in 2008 reflected the inertia effects of pre-crisis market trends, and capital flows in 2009 are in fact expected to fall. Focusing on the impact of the global economic and financial crisis on FDI flows is unavoidable in the present circumstances, but the analysis of the short-term situation should not relegate the issue of long-term development. This report provides a complete analysis of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the region.

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Integrated hotel and real estate complexes: Investments and business strategies

Tourism has grown strongly in recent decades and has become an important activity for increasing numbers of developed and developing countries alike. Many different branches of the economy, involving firms of varying sizes and complexity, interact in the tourism industry, which gives it huge potential to contribute to national development. It is also a difficult industry to categorize, however, which makes it complicated to quantify its importance and impact.

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