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.
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.
Four distinct clusters were identified in this paper: lifestyle glamor, emerging giant, sports-induced country branding and eco-friendly regional-based strategies.
The findings and cluster classification are pertinent to policymakers and industry marketers in crafting tourism development plans.
This study analyzed the economic diversification strategies adopted by GCC countries as new entrants in the tourism sector and classified them into four clusters.
Mahate, A.A. and Parahoo, S.K. (2023), "Exploring the tourism development strategies of Gulf Cooperation Council countries: commonalities, contrasts and clusters", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 15 No. 2, pp. 117-130. https://doi.org/10.1108/WHATT-10-2022-0118
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