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TTC Special. Caribbean: for tourists good fun and cultural offers

TTC Special. Caribbean: for tourists good fun and cultural offers

Foto: Ministry of Tourism of Cuba

By Frank Martin

The Caribbean is increasingly important because of the diversions for tourists and their national cultures.

According to experts, tourists who visit the islands every year are changing their almost absolute objective of enjoying the sea and the sun during their stays, to become interested in cultural issues and the national heritage of the destinations.

The Caribbean is increasingly important because of the diversions for tourists and their national cultures.

The regional industry authorities consider that international tourists increasingly seek to know cultures and ways of living different from theirs.

Nevertheless, tourists do not always find what they’re looking for.

The global culture that spreads throughout the world is a natural result of an increasingly globalized world, but this process must not exterminate the national cultural customs of each nation and island.

Tourism in the Caribbean usually means a middle or upper-class European or North American clientele who perhaps mostly seek to see something new, and not what they can have at home.

The cultural offerings of the Caribbean are also naturally very diverse and capable of offering many novelties to its visitors, such as native dances, daily customs, different religions and other ways of thinking,

The term Caribbean culture summarizes the artistic, musical, literary, culinary and social elements that are representative of the Caribbean people all over the world.

The British conquest of the Caribbean in 1759 brought a large Francophone population under British rule, creating a need for compromise and accommodation, while the migration brought in strong British, Spanish, French, African and even Dutch influences.

Tourism is a cultural asset of Caribbean nations and their economic essence, according to Jamaican Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett who seeks to promote the growth of tourism in his country and in the Caribbean region.

Bartlett explained recently his views during the Tourism Resilience Summit of the Americas two years ago which took place at the Regional Headquarters of the University of the West Indie.

Recent research estimates that up to 75 per cent of adults, who visit the region annually engage in some form of cultural activity or event.

Caribbean islands are widely known for its myriad of spices and herbs, its native food preparation techniques and dishes, its many exotic fruits and grains, its music, its dance forms, its language and other aspects of its exotic culture.

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