Sustainable Ecotourism in Central America

Sustainable Ecotourism in Central America : Comparative Advantage in a Globalized World

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Sustainable Ecotourism in Central America: Comparative Advantage in a Globalized World examines the factors necessary for Nicaragua, Panama, and Belize to implement an economic development model based on the growth of ecotourism and foreign direct investment. In order to determine what factors are necessary to implement this model, this book analyzes the state of ecotourism development in Costa Rica and the lessons that the Costa Rican case can provide for other Central American states. It also assesses the effects of globalization and the increasing implementation of free market policies on the development of ecotourism. The book ultimately argues that globalization and neoliberalism have made it more likely that states will be able to adopt a development model based on ecotourism and foreign direct investment due to the manner in which neoliberalism and globalization help to create ever-increasing economic interconnectedness and openness. While globalization has served to shrink the world and make it easier for people to travel, the economic openness of neoliberalism has facilitated global flows of both tourists and international capital into every corner of the world. Understanding the way globalization and neoliberalism interact with ecotourism development and foreign direct investment is the key to formulating policy recommendations for states in Central America to jumpstart their economic development.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 172 pages
  • 238 x 1,578 x 19mm | 422g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 12 tables
  • 073918024X
  • 9780739180242

About Andrew P. Miller

Andrew P. Miller is associate professor of political science at Wilkes University.show more

Review quote

This book covers both an understudied region and an understudied subject. It covers both topics in a much more balanced way than is usually the case. A good book for anyone interested in either Central America or the contribution of ecotourism to economic development. -- W. Charles Sawyer, Texas Christian Universityshow more

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Ecotourism in Costa Rica Chapter 2. Nicaragua: Ecotourism in the Land of Nicas? Chapter 3. Belize: Top Competitor to Costa Rica Chapter 4. Panama: Ecotourism and the Canal Chapter 5. Conclusion: The Future of Ecotourism Development in Central Americashow more