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Exploring the relationship between tourism and offshore finance in small island economies: lessons from Jersey

By John Christensen and Mark P. Hampton

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Many islands host tourism and offshore finance but research tends to focus on either industry without examining the nature of the relationship(s) between these two where they co-exist. This paper examines the nature of the relationships using a case study of the British Channel Island of Jersey. Both industries demand labour, land and capital that are frequently scarce in small islands. Given their common characteristics and, drawing lessons from Jersey, the paper then considers the nature and the dynamics of their relationship, and the issue of resource competition between the two sectors. In light of the unusual context of small polities and the political power of external actors, the paper also analyses the dynamics of the central relationship between tourism, offshore finance and the state in islands. Finally, the paper considers the overall impact of the relationship between tourism\ud and offshore finance and how it affects the economic development trajectory of small islands.\ud \u

Topics: GV, HG, HB, JC, HD
Publisher: Kent Business School, University of Kent
Year: 2005
OAI identifier: oai:kar.kent.ac.uk:23115

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