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Structural analysis of the development of the Iranian tourism market employing a MICMAC approach: a new long-range planning method to attract the ASEAN international tourist market

Mohammad Nematpour (University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran)
Masood Khodadadi (University of the West of Scotland, Paisley, UK)
Nasser Rezaei (Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Tehran, Iran)
Sarasadat Makian (Urban Planning and Alpine Geography Institute, Grenoble Alpes University, Grenoble, France)

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights

ISSN: 2514-9792

Article publication date: 7 September 2020

Issue publication date: 27 August 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

As tourism development is an unquestionable part of every national growth policy, this study aims to introduce an integrated method employing MICMAC analysis for understanding the key strategic variables of Iran's tourism development system.

Design/methodology/approach

The structural analysis with MICMAC method was used to determine the classification of variables, aimed at structuring ideas to deal with complex decision-making and help planners and policymakers formulate future-based strategies.

Findings

The cross-impact matrix was used to identify the development variables having the greatest impact on the development of Southeast Asian tourism to Iran. The results showed that among 43 variables, 10 have great potential as key variables in the future of Iran's tourism development.

Research limitations/implications

MICMAC, as a structural analysis technique, is regarded as being the most appropriate to identify the key variables in the development of the Iranian tourism system. The limitation was that the other tourism markets, apart from ASEAN tourists, and the tourism demand-side were excluded from this study.

Practical implications

The present study indicates that identifying key factors that influence the supply side of Iran's tourism system is worthwhile. Consequently, the findings show how these key factors can play a vital role in long-range economic sustainability and lead to the development of Iran's tourism market to enhance globally its competitiveness as a destination to attract international ASEAN tourists.

Originality/value

This study is one of the first papers to focus on the development of Iran's tourism market from a supply-side through structural analysis. Its findings are valuable as they can be used by the tourism authorities in the process of developing future tourism scenarios for Iran.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism of Iran for supporting this study, as one of the research priorities of Iran’s Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism.

Citation

Nematpour, M., Khodadadi, M., Rezaei, N. and Makian, S. (2021), "Structural analysis of the development of the Iranian tourism market employing a MICMAC approach: a new long-range planning method to attract the ASEAN international tourist market", Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights, Vol. 4 No. 4, pp. 393-417. https://doi.org/10.1108/JHTI-04-2020-0053

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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