An interesting book entitled Small-scale tourism: a view from Cuba and Costa Rica has just appeared, very much in the spirit of the times of the Covid-19, said one of its authors today, according to a publication by Prensa Latina.
Cuban professor and researcher Rafael Betancourt explained to Prensa Latina that the book was published by the Center for Responsible Travel (Crest) in the United States in PDF format.
He said it is a compilation of texts and research by experts that Betancourt has worked on since 2018 with U.S. scholar Ellen Rugh.
Betancourt is also an economist and a member of the management team of the José Martí International Institute of Journalism’s Chair of Tourism in Havana (this chair is part of the Cuban Union of Journalists-UPEC).
Ellen Rugh is a program director at Crest and a professional with extensive experience in the sector. The list of authors includes the professor, also Cuban, José Luis Perelló, who contributes the articles Búsqueda de nuevos paradigmas en el desarrollo turístico desde los territorios (Searching for new paradigms in tourism development from the territories) and Los destinos turísticos locales como iniciadores municipales (Local tourism destinations as municipal initiators).
With 172 pages, the work facilitates the understanding of the travel industry adapted to the realities of two Latin American countries like Cuba and Costa Rica, and their local experiences, very useful for the so-called post-pandemic era, or post-Covid-19.
The volume’s index shows a wide variety of topics such as small-scale tourism in Cuba, the ‘roller coaster’ of American travel to this island, paradigms, local destinations, international tourism and the private sector, among others.
Also highlighted is the management of sustainable local tourism on a small scale, where the term sustainability marks every page as one of the fundamental research for future development.
The text includes nature tourism in which Costa Rica is strong, and Cuba -before the pandemic- gave a very positive stamp to its development, taking advantage of environmental protection and attractive places.
Ecotourism, diving, and the impact of regional culture on small-scale travel are other themes that draw attention to the volume.
The Crest is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, dedicated to research and promotion of responsible tourism.
In the introduction, the compilation points out that since the United States modified its travel regulations to Cuba in 2016, the entity has become an important voice in favor of responsible visits to this country.
With its work, it advocates for small-scale family tourism, mitigating the impacts of climate change on the tourism sector and promoting legal travel by Americans to Cuba.
As such, Crest encourages expert exchanges, workshops and other meetings to clarify and enrich these points, now reinforced by the book mentioned above.
The United States is present in the text through an article on the trips of its subjects to this island, written by the prestigious academic and Director Emeritus of Crest, Dr. Martha Honey, and the coordinator of that organization in Cuba, Rafael Betancourt.