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Political (in)stability and its influence on tourism development

Causevic, Senija and Lynch, Paul (2013) Political (in)stability and its influence on tourism development. Tourism Management, 34. 145–157. ISSN 0261-5177

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Abstract

This paper explores ways in which the context of economic and social renewal in the aftermath of political conflict affects tourism development. The primary research took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) and involved minimally structured interviews, participant observation and researcher reflexivity. The findings suggest that the administration and governance introduced to address political conflict in B&H needs to be reconsidered because it currently fails to achieve collaboration between divided communities. This failure impedes social and economic recovery. Nevertheless, the tourism industry appears to be ahead of other sectors in B&H in encouraging partnership between sides previously in conflict. Tourism is thus assessed as fertile ground for a more collaborative approach. It is concluded that in B&H, tourism development must go beyond economic regeneration and in its encouragement of joint projects between different stakeholders and communities it can aid reconciliation between its people.

Item type: Article
ID code: 40037
Keywords: post-conflict destinations, tourism development, social reconciliation, negative peace, economic renewal, positive peace, tourism, Recreation Leisure, Management. Industrial Management, Development, Strategy and Management, Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management, Transportation
Subjects: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > Recreation Leisure
Social Sciences > Industries. Land use. Labor > Management. Industrial Management
Department: Strathclyde Business School > Strategy and Organisation
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Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2012 10:00
Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 10:10
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/40037

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