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Understanding the Impacts of Cruise Ship Tourism on Marginalized Populations

Title: Understanding the Impacts of Cruise Ship Tourism on Marginalized Populations: The Case of Jamaica.
Name(s): Murray, Kristin Marie, author
Doan, Petra L., 1955-, professor directing dissertation
Brower, Ralph S., university representative
Holmes, Tisha Terrianne Joseph, committee member
Felkner, John, committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, degree granting college
Department of Urban and Regional Planning, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Doctoral Thesis
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2018
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (155 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: As global tourism continues to rise, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) continues to encourage the use of tourism as an economic development strategy for poverty reduction in many developing countries. The Caribbean country of Jamaica has used to tourism, especially cruise ship tourism, to some economic success and, perhaps, little poverty reduction. With a substantial investment in tourism-related infrastructure projects, including building and renewing port facilities for cruise ships, from the federal government and international agencies, tourism in Jamaica has grown to the second largest economic sector for the country. While the Jamaican government has promoted the economic success of the tourism investments little has been said about the social costs to communities near the ports. This dissertation will use grounded analysis to begin to explore the experiences and the social issues that the locals face due to cruise ship tourism in their communities. The qualitative research will show that there are profound social issues and stressors impacting the quality of life of the residents, both within the tourism sector and outside of it, while achieving little of the economic success that the government has claimed. Using interviews conducted in Montego Bay, Falmouth, and Ocho Rios, Jamaica, and previous studies on social impacts and stressors, a social impact assessment matrix was created for tourism developers to use to help mitigate future negative social externalities of cruise ship port development projects within Jamaica.
Identifier: 2018_Su_Murray_fsu_0071E_14682 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Urban and Regional Planning in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester 2018.
Date of Defense: June 15, 2018.
Keywords: Cruise Ship, Jamaica, Social Impact Assessment, Social Issues, Tourism Planning
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Petra Doan, Professor Directing Dissertation; Ralph Brower, University Representative; Tisha Holmes, Committee Member; John Felkner, Committee Member.
Subject(s): City planning
Caribbean Area
Study and teaching
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Host Institution: FSU

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