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Geosciences 2018, 8(8), 273; https://doi.org/10.3390/geosciences8080273

The Caribbean’s Geotourism Potential and Challenges: A Focus on Two Islands in the Region

Biological and Environmental Sciences Department, College of Agricultural, Life and Natural Sciences, Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL 35762, USA
Received: 21 May 2018 / Revised: 20 July 2018 / Accepted: 20 July 2018 / Published: 26 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Geotourism)
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Geotourism is a relatively new concept in the tourism industry, a concept which apparently has not yet been formally embraced by Caribbean destinations. This paper, based primarily on a literature review supplemented by the first-hand knowledge of the author, who served for over a decade in the natural resource management and tourism sectors in the region, identifies some of the geotourism assets and assesses the geotourism potential of two selected Caribbean islands, namely the Commonwealth of Dominica and St. Lucia. Indications are that the islands of the region have outstanding geological formations, dormant and active volcanic zones and associated geomorphological features, and breath-taking terrestrial and marine landscapes, including deep river gorges and tall mountains, and beautiful beaches, which together constitute important geotourism assets. Currently, these resources are marketed and promoted as part of the region’s nature tourism attractions. The feasibility of incorporating geotourism as a component of this overall nature tourism thrust is explored in this paper. As a follow-up to this study a survey of tourism officials, natural resource professionals, and selected scientists of the region is proposed for the purpose of identifying the reasons and constraints preventing the Caribbean region from formally embracing geotourism, developing and promoting the geotourism resources of the region as a unique component of the overall tourism product. View Full-Text
Keywords: geotourism; sustainable tourism; geoheritage; volcanic origin; sulphur springs; Boiling Lake; natural hazards; Caribbean islands; Dominica; St. Lucia geotourism; sustainable tourism; geoheritage; volcanic origin; sulphur springs; Boiling Lake; natural hazards; Caribbean islands; Dominica; St. Lucia
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