Visiting the “enemy”: visitation in politically unstable destinations
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. https://doi.org/10.1108/TR-11-2018-0159
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