Sharing the Caribbean Slavery Experience: The Caribbean Heritage Tourism Project
Hospitality & Tourism Management
College of Community and Public Service
Many tourists want to experience the unique heritage of place (Nicholls, Vogt and Hyun Jun, 2004). Destinations have the opportunity to showcase the elements of heritage and culture as it is these that make each destination unique (Timothy and Boyd, 2006). National tourism organizations (NTO) are destination marketing agencies which promote the unique tourism experience and attraction of each destination (Webster and Ivanov; 2007). The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is the regional agency responsible for among other things, the marketing of the Caribbean region globally in conjunction with the NTOs. Content analysis (Amaquandoh and Brown, (2008); Chen, Kerstetter and Graefe (2001)) is a research technique whereby materials are analyzed and key themes extracted and compiled from documents/webpages. The 33 websites from the CTO member NTOs were subjected to content analysis. Findings were categorized into the built, natural and cultural heritage; entertainment; and other attractions. These attractions are further analysed to determine the number and proportion that reflect the vestiges of slavery and the heritage that this economic, social and political system produced. All 33 Caribbean countries researched experienced the institution of slavery and this project demonstrates that few tourist attractions showcase and interpret this fundamental experience. Based on these findings it is the purpose of this presentation to stimulate discussion on a regional, Caribbean Heritage Tourism project, which develops and presents the slave heritage of the Caribbean region.
Engendering Growth: Sustainable Development in Business, Hospitality and Tourism Management
Scantlebury, Michael and Rosenau, Audrey, "Sharing the Caribbean Slavery Experience: The Caribbean Heritage Tourism Project" (2011). Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants. 297.