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Exploring the tourism development strategies of Gulf Cooperation Council countries: commonalities, contrasts and clusters

Ashraf A. Mahate (School of Business and Quality Management, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Sanjai K. Parahoo (School of Business and Quality Management, Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

ISSN: 1755-4217

Article publication date: 13 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to examine the commonalities and contrasts in the tourism objectives and strategies of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, thereby revealing the foundations and pillars underlying the strategic initiatives implemented.

Design/methodology/approach

This exploratory study applied the resource-based view (RBV) lens to the country level. A comparative analysis of the tourism strategy in each GCC country was undertaken to determine commonalities and contrasts between the different strategies and to classify them into clusters. In the next stage, in-depth interviews were carried out to validate the findings.

Findings

Four distinct clusters were identified in this paper: lifestyle glamor, emerging giant, sports-induced country branding and eco-friendly regional-based strategies.

Practical implications

The findings and cluster classification are pertinent to policymakers and industry marketers in crafting tourism development plans.

Originality/value

This study analyzed the economic diversification strategies adopted by GCC countries as new entrants in the tourism sector and classified them into four clusters.

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Citation

Mahate, A.A. and Parahoo, S.K. (2022), "Exploring the tourism development strategies of Gulf Cooperation Council countries: commonalities, contrasts and clusters", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-10-2022-0118

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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