Latin America & the Caribbean

Below is a list of non-scholarly publications (such as newspaper articles and news reports) describing steps being taken to reduce visitor harassment at various destinations around the world.


JAMAICA: Tourist harassment to fall

By Okoye Henry
Published: September 12, 2017

Godfrey Dyer, chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), is expecting a reduction in the incidence of tourist harassment in Montego Bay following the recent deployment of a new cohort of district constables to the city....more

ST. KITTS: St. Kitts Updates Port Zante Dispatching Process 

By Times Caribbean
Published: June 21, 2017 

The St. Kitts Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Tourism in response to continued concerns raised by the taxi operators regarding the dispatching process announced improved operating procedures for the dispatching process at Port Zante…..more

JAMAICA: Visitor harassment derailing tourism gains – Bartlett

By Jamaica Star
Published: November 25, 2016 

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is urging stakeholders to assist in the fight against visitor harassment, emphasizing that the problem can no longer be allowed to persist.…. more

ST. KITTS & NEVIS: MIN of Tourism Seeking To Regulate Taxi Dispatching At Port Zante

By Loshaun Dixon
Published: November 11, 2016 

The Ministry of Tourism is seeking to change how taxi operators solicit business from cruise ship passengers at Port Zante and regulate to mirror what occurs at the Robert Bradshaw International Airport and the Deep Water Port.…..more

BELIZE: Tourism vendor vents on village

By 7News Belize
Published: February 18, 2016

A few weeks ago, local tour guides were complaining about the new regulations being implemented at the Caves Branch Reserve. The complaint was that the more stringent regulations and uneven enforcement were putting them at a disadvantage against their main competition: the big foreign owned tourism investors....more

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA: Picking up and dusting off

By The Daily Observer
Published: November 21, 2015 

First impressions are always lasting. Tourism is our main industry, we like to boast, but most also know that because it is a service-based business, we could easily lose our grasp if there is any decline in the quality of service we offer our visitors…..more

ST. KITTS: New policies to minimize tourist harassment in St. Kitts

Published: October 21, 2015 

Minister of Tourism Lindsay Grant disclosed that some cruise lines are indicating that their cruise passengers are complaining about tourist harassment whenever they visit St Kitts and Nevis and this has prompted the Ministry of Tourism to implement measures with immediate effect that will minimize this activity….more

JAMAICA:  Just Gimme a Little Look Nuh? (on page 12)

Published: October 7, 2015

It appears that craft markets no longer hold a special place in the hearts of Jamacian people. When last did you buy a piece of art or craft from your nearest craft market?...more

ST. LUCIA: New move to fight tourist harassment

By Micah George
Published: May 19, 2015

Prime Minister Kenny Anthony last week revealed a plan to stop visitor harassment and increase visitor safety, a situation that has worried hoteliers and other tourism officials for years....more

JAMAICA: Tourism Minister outlines anti-harassment measures being pursued

By Alecia Smith-Edwards
Published: April 15, 2015

The Government continues to put strategies in place to address visitor harassment, as it works to promote Jamaica as the ideal tourist destination, and foster a deeper appreciation of the industry among the populace....more

JAMAICA: McNeill hosts inaugural meeting of Craft Council of Jamaica (page 6)

By Hospitality Jamaica
Published: September 17, 2014

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ST. KITTS: Vendors in St. Kitts & Nevis rebrand their services to visitors 

By The St. Kitts & Nevis Observer
Published: August 14, 2014

Over 30 primate petting and aloe rub vendors have completed a mandatory seminar aimed at improving the quality of their service to visitors, states information from the St. Kitts Tourism Authority.…more

CUBA: Chatting with a tourist could land a Cuban national in jail

Published: March 10, 2014

Tourist harassment is a state law that prohibits contact between Cubans and tourists. The law is intended to deter prostitutes and hustlers from approaching foreigners, but policemen from the island can arrest any Cuban on site if they are seen interacting with tourists on the streets....more

ST. KITTS: St. Kitts is #2 in overall visit ranking among 21 Caribbean cruise destinations in 2012

Published: September 3, 2013 

While St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt is elated with the improvement of St. Kitts’ cruise tourism ranking among the 21 Caribbean destinations in 2012 compared to 2009, there are “worrying signs” in some categories…more

BARBADOS: Harassment of visitors puts tourism at risk 

By Sherieholder
Published: March 8, 2013 

Harassment of visitors on beaches continues to be a major problem as does the sale of illegal drugs in places frequented by tourists. That’s according to president of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), Patricia Affonso-Dass.….more

BAHAMAS: Tourism specialized training course

By Tommy Turnquest, M.P.
Published: November 14, 2011 

I am pleased to participate in this Opening Ceremony for the Tourism Security Specialized Training Course, facilitated by the Inter-American Committee on Terrorism of the Organisation of American States (CICTE) and the Government of The Bahamas, with the financial support of the Government of Canada.…..more 

CUBA: Cuba ‘apartheid’ as Castro pulls in the tourists

By David Rennie
Published: June 8, 2002

It takes a short stroll round Havana to realise that Fidel Castro has pulled off an extraordinary ideological feat. In less than a decade he has created one of the world's great playgrounds for the rich while standing by his Socialist principles....more


MEXICO: Chichen Itza may soon be free of vendors and hawkers: sources

By Yucatan Times
Published July 19, 2017

Yucatan state government could soon announce a lobbying agreement with tourism service providers to evict the crafts vendors and hawkers who have occupied the archaeological zone of Chichen Itza for more than a decade....more

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