Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Imperial consumption cruise ship tourism and Cozumel, Mexico
by Preble, Christine, Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany, 2014, 339; 3620844
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation defines cruise ship tourism in the context of a local community. The theoretical manifestations and development of cruise ship tourism are presented and analyzed. This research traces the development of the U.S.-based cruise ship industry (i.e. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. and Carnival Corporation & PLC) and its subsequent effects in one port-of-call community, the island of Cozumel, Mexico. Cruise ship tourism in Cozumel is compounded in San Miguel, the island's only urban center, at the three cruise ship piers and associated shopping centers. Defining U.S.-based cruise ship tourism in the context of Cozumel is significant as it is the most important cruise ship port-of-call in Mexico, the Caribbean, and the world (APIQROO 2013; CLIA 2013; FCCA 2013). The focus of this investigation examines the ways the development and corporate practices of the U.S.-based cruise ship industry formulate a climate of competition between local and internationally owned and operated businesses in cruise ship port-of-call communities. The U.S.-based cruise ship industry establishes contracts with businesses for a fee and advertise such businesses on a map for cruise ship tourists. These corporate strategies promulgate inequality between local employee, multinational business, and U.S.-based cruise ship industry as well as local and tourists. Cruise ship tourists in Cozumel affirm these "guaranteed and approved" businesses are safer, more easily accessible, and more frequented than locally-owned and operated options.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Little, Watler E.
Commitee: Burrell, Jennifer L., Castaneda, Quetzil E., de Santana Pinho, Patricia
School: State University of New York at Albany
Department: Anthropology
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 75/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Cultural anthropology, Recreation
Keywords: Cruise ship, Mexico, Tourism
Publication Number: 3620844
ISBN: 978-1-303-91520-8
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