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Local tourists' perceptions of tourist destinations' competitiveness: a comparative study of the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Oman

Mohamed Abou-Shouk (College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates) (Faculty of Tourism and Hotels, Fayoum University, Al Fayoum, Egypt)
Nagoua Zoair (Faculty of Tourism and Hotels, Fayoum University, Al Fayoum, Egypt)
Ahmed Mohamed Elbaz (Salalah College of Economics and Business Administration, University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Oman, Oman) (Faculty of Tourism and Hotels, University of Sadat City, El Sadat City, Egypt)
Marwa Abdel-Jalil (Faculty of Tourism and Hotels, Fayoum University, Al Fayoum, Egypt)

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

ISSN: 1755-4217

Article publication date: 1 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Destination competitiveness is a significant contributor to tourism growth, performance and development. The current research intends to test the effect of the dimensions of the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index (TTCI) on destination competitiveness in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Oman and how competitiveness influences tourism performance and development.

Design/methodology/approach

The perspectives of 460 responses were collected from the UAE, 457 from Egypt and 301 responses from Oman. Partial least squares structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) was utilised to measure the research model relationships.

Findings

The results showed that the competitiveness index components are significantly contributing to destination competitiveness and that this competitiveness is predicting both tourism performance and development.

Originality/value

This study developed and empirically tested the effect of an integrative model of the competitiveness index on destination competitiveness from the perspective of local visitors in three Muslim and Arab nations. This study gives scholars valuable perceptions into how socio-cultural variations between residents and locals in various nations might result in significantly diverse behaviours.

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Citation

Abou-Shouk, M., Zoair, N., Elbaz, A.M. and Abdel-Jalil, M. (2022), "Local tourists' perceptions of tourist destinations' competitiveness: a comparative study of the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Oman", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-10-2022-0117

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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