As the value and importance of sugar cane declined, other industries had to be found to provide employment and opportunities on the island. Tourism was identified early as being a suitable industry to develop. The proximity of an increasingly wealthy USA combined with tropical weather for rich Europeans meant that the emphasis was on luxury travel and high end tourists with deep pockets. This 1935 photograph shows well to do tourists being driven around the island.
Image courtesy of The National Archives
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