Tourism and development are frequently mentioned together, yet the contribution of tourism to development in the Third World is controversial. This book provides an in depth study of Mexico's experience with the international tourism industry over the last 35 years of the 20th century. Beginning in the 1960s the Mexican government actively sought to export tourism services to foreigners as a conscious development strategy. The book traces government efforts and the developmental outcomes resulting from this policy of "exporting paradise".
Introduction: tourism, industrial change and development. Theoretical issues: explaining industrial transformation. The stimulus: import substitution and the global tourism boom. Initiating the tourism export push: the state role. Patterns of development: hotels. Patterns of development: airlines. Conclusion: tourism, export promotion and development. References. Author index. Subject index.