The Balearic tourism empire, where “the sun never sets” Interview with Joan Buades and Macià Blázquez
The seminar “Entre Baleares, Centroamérica y El Caribe: luces y sombras en la construcción de paraísos turísticos” was held in Managua in February 2009, and organized by the Balearic Islands University (UIB) Research Group for Sustainability and Territory (known under the Catalan acronym GIST), the Fundación Prisma and Alba Sud. This initiative was also supported by the Sustainable Tourism Degree Programme of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN-Managua). Attended by university professors, researchers and activists from civil organizations based in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Spain, the encounter explored the characteristics of the Balearic tourism model and its consequences, as well as the threats generated by the main Balearic “sun and sand” hotel chains in their accelerated expansion process into other regions around the world. The seminar was moderated by Joan Buades and Macià Blàzquez, who work as professors and researchers of the GIST. In our interview with them, they discussed some of the main contents of their expositions.
Opinions in Development | Responsible Tourism Programme | Article No. 2 | 7 March 2009