Cuba: Casinos, Castros, and Challenges
presents an in-depth
exploration of the history and development of tourism in Cuba. Beginning with
the earliest days of prohibition in the US, Tony L. Henthorne illustrates how Cuba
strove to position itself as an uninhibited Caribbean playground for the
well-heeled American traveler.
This book analyzes the ways in which Cuban tourism reached
previously unimagined economic heights through the "new normal" of casinos,
nightclubs, and prostitution during Fulgencio Batista's reign, and it examines the
forces sustaining his rise to power.
Fidel Castro's revolution set out to end Batista's reign of
corruption, promising a new beginning for Cuba and the Cuban people. Casinos
were shuttered, and the other hedonistic trappings of decadence quickly
vanished; relations between the US and Cuba were severed, and the island began
a long transformative relationship with the Soviet Union. This book provides an
illuminating insight into the impact of these social and economic changes upon
tourism in Cuba.
Henthorne goes on to explore Barack Obama's significant
travel and economic concessions to Cuba, which resulted in a soar in tourism,
and he evaluates how Donald Trump has since scaled back on US overtures to
Cuba. He also provides an insider's look at the Cuban tourist product - what it
was, what it is, and what it may be in the future.