Impacts of political instability on tourism planning and development: the case of Lebanon

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Tourism is one of the world's largest and fastest growing industries, and tourism planning is regarded as a prerequisite for success. 'Political instability' is a complex term, open to various interpretations, which applies to a number of countries worldwide. The implications for tourism of political instability are significant. This paper investigates tourism planning and the effects of political instability in Lebanon, and discusses how countries in such a situation can increase their potential for successful tourism development. A possible solution through the use and practice of crisis management is suggested, as this approach may help to prepare nations better for unexpected instability and the uncertainty of the future.

Keywords: CRISIS MANAGEMENT; INSTABILITY; LEBANON; POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT; TOURISM INDUSTRY; TOURISM PLANNING

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5367/000000006778493664

Publication date: September 1, 2006

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  • Tourism Economics, published bimonthly, is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the economics and finance of tourism worldwide. Articles address the components of the tourism product (accommodation; restaurants; merchandizing; attractions; transport; entertainment; tourist activities); and the economic organization of tourism at micro and macro levels (market structure; role of public/private sectors; community interests; strategic planning; marketing; finance; economic development).

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