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Tourism policy and United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16: peace and stability in the Middle East and North Africa

Ahmad Anouti (Department of Business Administration, Beirut Arab University, Beirut, Lebanon)
Samantha Chaperon (School of Management and Marketing, University of Greenwich, Greenwich, UK)
James Kennell (School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK)

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

ISSN: 1755-4217

Article publication date: 5 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This article explores the ways in which the relationship between tourism, sustainable development and peace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is presented in national tourism policies, with a focus on United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)16: peace justice and strong institutions.

Design/methodology/approach

Leximancer 5.0 software is used to analyze national tourism policy documents. Themes and concepts from the documents are presented visually in a concept map, and further qualitative analysis is carried out on the theme of sustainability to generate insights.

Findings

The relationship between tourism and peace is not well developed in tourism policies in the MENA region. This is a missed opportunity to use the engine of tourism development to promote regional sustainable development, but increased engagement with nongovernmental organization (NGOs) and communities by tourism policy-makers can help to address this.

Originality/value

This article links SDG 16 to tourism policy and provides insights into how this relationship could be developed in a region experiencing recurrent crises and high levels of tourism growth.

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Citation

Anouti, A., Chaperon, S. and Kennell, J. (2022), "Tourism policy and United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16: peace and stability in the Middle East and North Africa", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-10-2022-0115

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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