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Visiting the “enemy”: visitation in politically unstable destinations

Anna Farmaki (Department of Hotel and Tourism Management, Cyprus University of Tehcnology, Limassol, Cyprus)
Katerina Antoniou (School of Business and Management, University of Central Lancashire – Cyprus Campus, Pyla, Cyprus)
Prokopis Christou (Department of Hotel and Tourism Management, Cyprus University of Technology, Lemesos, Cyprus)

Tourism Review

ISSN: 1660-5373

Article publication date: 30 May 2019

Issue publication date: 19 June 2019




This study aims to examine the factors shaping the intentions of people to visit a hostile outgroup.


An exploratory, qualitative research approach was followed. Specifically, 77 semi-structured interviews with citizens of the divided island of Cyprus were conducted.


This study identifies several categories of visitors and non-visitors, depicted along a continuum, and concludes that there is a multiplicity of factors in the socio-political environment which influence the travel intentions of people.


This study not only imparts insights into the way travel decision-making evolves in politically unstable situations but also serves as a stepping stone towards understanding the conditions under which reconciliation between hostile nations may be encouraged by travel.



Farmaki, A., Antoniou, K. and Christou, P. (2019), "Visiting the “enemy”: visitation in politically unstable destinations", Tourism Review, Vol. 74 No. 3, pp. 293-309.



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