Food in Latin America
Often, when people say Latin America, they really mean Hispanoamérica – the places that only Spain colonized. Each Latin American country has its own separate culture – and as a result, its own unique cuisine. Indeed, each region within each country has its own distinct culinary specialties – just as the countries of Europe do (and really, just about everywhere). So “Latin American cuisine” really is a collection of different cuisines, rather than its own entity.
Most Hispanic food keeps for a long time and does not spoil if stored in a cool, dry location. Cuban Cuisine Cuban cuisine has been influenced by Spanish, French, African, Arabic, Chinese, and Portuguese cultures.
Tourism has greatly impacted the region in several ways. For instance, Bahia was visited by over two million tourists in the year 1993. Statistics shows that this number is expected to rise to four million visitors, leaving Bahia to be the second largest tourist attraction spot after Rio de Janeiro. Research shows that “the government invested more than twenty million dollars in the sector for the year 1993 and 1994” (Stonich, 2001). During this time, Brazil was in the forty seventh rank of attraction centers internationally. This gives Salvador hope for improved tourist activity in time to come.According to Stonich (2001), many Latin American countries have also experienced a similar growth in their tourism industry. Apart from Bahia, tourism is seen as the means of rehabilitating the prime ancient districts. These ancient centers have been found to appeal greatly to the foreign tourists. The architectural designs of the region are the most notable of the all the other attractions. In other nations like Salvador, rehabilitation has brought about the issue of depopulation of the areas (Lumsdon and Swift, 2001). These areas were inhabited by the poor in the urban centers who finally ended up in the slum areas. In most cases, tourism is reckoned to be the means of improving the poor regions from the economic perspective. For many Third World nations, “an admired architectural heritage and culture are considered as an economic treasure and asset” (Gui, 2001). Tourism has had a large impact on the economy of many countries (Stonich, 2001). The impact of tourism on the economy of many Latin American nations is major. Tourism is the main foreign exchange earner that plays a fundamental role in the development of these nations.
Travel is easier in modern times. One can possibly easily eat a meal in a foreign nation and then get the ingredients once home to reproduce that in one's own kitchen.
Gui, Santana. Tourism in South America. New York: Haworth Hospitality Press, 2001. Print.
Lumsdon, Les, & Jonathan Swift. Tourism in Latin America. Cengage Learning, 2001. Print.
Stonich, Susan. The Other Side of Paradise: Tourism, Conservation, and Development in the Bay Islands. New York: Cognizant Communication Corp, 2000. Print.