The Business of Leisure


The Business of Leisure

Tourism History in Latin America and the Caribbean

Edited by Andrew Grant Wood

342 pages
28 photographs, 13 illustrations, 2 maps, 1 graph, index


January 2021


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About the Book

The Business of Leisure critically surveys a wide selection of travel practices, places, and time periods in considering the development of the hospitality industry in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Considering tourism from early sojourners to contemporary dark tourism thrill seekers, contributors to The Business of Leisure examine key economic, political, social, and environmental issues. A number of eminent scholars in the field draw on original research focusing on Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Peru. In addition to describing key aspects of industry development in a variety of settings, contributors also consider diverse ways in which histories of travel relate to larger political and cultural questions.


Author Bio

Andrew Grant Wood is the Stanley Rutland Professor of American History at the University of Tulsa. He is the author of Revolution in the Street: Women, Workers, and Urban Protest in Veracruz, 1870–1927 and Agustín Lara: A Cultural Biography. Contributors include: Fernando Armas Asín, Rodrigo Booth, Félix Manuel Burgos, Meri L. Clark, Rocio Gomez, Kenneth R. Kincaid, Elizabeth Manley, Mark Rice, Anadelia Romo, Blake C. Scott, Evan Ward, Andrew Grant Wood.


The Business of Leisure offers an important new look into the way national and international tourism have grown in tandem with an international travel industry and massive promotional programs on the part of host nations. . . . The essays remind us that tourism invariably comes with a price, be it low wages, environmental degradation, or social stereotyping geared toward performance. The Business of Leisure will be an essential item for scholars of Latin America and the Caribbean and for anyone who wishes to understand the ripples their airline ticket sends outward to a larger world.”—Terry Rugeley, author of The River People in Flood Time: The Civil Wars in Tabasco, Spoiler of Empires

“Through its geographic and chronological scope, this volume makes an essential contribution to a broader understanding of how tourism has shaped Latin America in different contexts, highlighting the opportunities and pitfalls of tourism as a development strategy. The case studies take Latin American tourism studies in exciting new directions and reveal the dynamic potential of the field.”—Lisa Pinley Covert, author of San Miguel de Allende: Mexicans, Foreigners, and the Making of a World Heritage Site

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Travel History’s Checkered Past as Prelude to Future Catastrophe?
Andrew Grant Wood
Part 1. Burgeoning International Travel
1. From the Andes to the Alps: Colombian Writers on Travels in Europe
Meri L. Clark
2. Railroads and Steamships: Foreign Investment in the Early Development of Peruvian Tourism, 1900–1930
Fernando Armas Asín
3. Changing Caribbean Routes: The Rise of International Air Travel
Blake C. Scott
4. From the “Romance of Industry” to the “National Soul”: Promoting Travel in the Pan American Union
Anadelia Romo
Part 2. Developing National Tourism
5. The Making of an Elite Tourist Enclave: Viña del Mar’s Miramar Beach, Chile (1872–1910)
Rodrigo Booth
6. “To Know Peru Is to Admire It”: National Tourism Promotion and Populism in Peru, 1930–1948
Mark Rice
7. Domestic Tourism in Golden-Age Veracruz, Mexico
Andrew Grant Wood
8. The Hotel Casino Project That Put Ecuador’s Tourism Hopes on Pause
Kenneth R. Kincaid
Part 3. Politics, Projects, and Postwar Possibilities
9. An Alliance for Tourists: The Transformation of Guatemalan Tourism Development, 1935–1982
Evan Ward
10. “Created by God” (or Columbus?) for Tourism: Building Tourism Fantasy in the Dominican Republic, 1966–1978
Elizabeth Manley
Part 4. Postmodern Ironies and Dark Tourism
11. Mina El Edén and Dark Tourism in Zacatecas, Mexico
Rocio Gomez
12. Netflix Narcos and Narco-tours: Film Tourism Meets Dark Tourism in Medellín, Colombia
Félix Manuel Burgos
List of Contributors

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