Vacation Over: Implications for the Caribbean of Opening U.S.-Cuba Tourism

 
Author/Editor: Romeu, Rafael
 
Publication Date: July 01, 2008
 
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Summary: An opening of Cuba to U.S. tourism would represent a seismic shift in the Caribbean's tourism industry. This study models the impact of such a potential opening by estimating a counterfactual that captures the current bilateral restriction on tourism between the two countries. After controlling for natural disasters, trade agreements, and other factors, the results show that a hypothetical liberalization of Cuba-U.S. tourism would increase long-term regional arrivals. Neighboring destinations would lose the implicit protection the current restriction affords them, and Cuba would gain market share, but this would be partially offset in the short-run by the redistribution of non-U.S. tourists currently in Cuba. The results also suggest that Caribbean countries have in general not lowered their dependency on U.S. tourists, leaving them vulnerable to this potential change.
 
Series: Working Paper No. 08/162
Subject(s): Tourism | Bilateral trade | Caribbean | Trade liberalization | Forecasting models | Cuba | United States

Author's Keyword(s): Trade | Tourism | Cuba | Gravity
 
English
Publication Date: July 01, 2008
Format: Paper
Stock No: WPIEA2008162 Pages: 62
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