CUBA ‘See it while you can’  Today’s Tourist Experience in a Nation in Waiting

CUBA ‘See it while you can’ Today’s Tourist Experience in a Nation in Waiting

Date & Time

19 August 2015, 00:00

Venue

NIE 3-02-27

Department

Humanities & Social Studies Education (HSSE)

Category

Talks

Events Details

About the Topic

The recent thawing of relations between Cuba and the USA has offered hope for further normalisation of association, most pertinently the removal of the US trade embargo which has continued to cripple the Cuban economy well beyond the ‘Cold War’ era. In this context Cuba’s developing tourism industry has been portrayed as a fin-de-siècle experience highlighting the distinctive characteristics of the island’s colonial, post-colonial and socialist heritages prior to the inevitable deluge of American tourists and accompanying capital investment. This presentation offers a cautionary evaluation of future impact in the light of a recent visit to ‘Castro’s island’.

About the Speaker

Dr Brian J. Shaw is now Hon. Research Fellow in the School of Earth & Environment at The University of Western Australia after a career at UWA spanning 35 years. During 2001-2002 he was Visiting Teaching Fellow in the HSSE Division, National Institute of Education, Singapore. His expertise is in the areas of Urban Geography, Urban Planning and the Geography of Development. He is currently active in the study of migration, heritage, identity and tourism and the ongoing construction of political and social space in Southeast Asia, especially Singapore.