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Sustainable urban tourism in MENA countries

Sustainable urban tourism in MENA countries

El Shafaki, Reem, Mesbah, Nahla, Maxim, Cristina and Morrison, Alastair ORCID: 0000-0002-0754-1083 (2024) Sustainable urban tourism in MENA countries. In: Maxim, Cristina, Morrison, Alastair ORCID: 0000-0002-0754-1083 , Day, Jonathon and Coca-Stefaniak, J. Andres ORCID: 0000-0001-5711-519X , (eds.) Handbook of Sustainable Urban Tourism. Research Handbooks in Tourism series - Geography, Planning and Tourism 2024 . Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd., Cheltenham, UK; and Northampton, Massachusetts USA, pp. 496-513. ISBN 978-1803926735; 978-1803926742 (doi:

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The aim of this chapter is to comprehensively analyse and describe the implementation of sustainable tourism in the countries of the MENA region. The specific objectives are to:
a. Describe the status of sustainable development in MENA and the major challenges the region faces in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
b. Review the implementation of sustainable tourism in MENA countries.
c. Explain specific sustainable tourism applications in MENA countries and cities.
d. Identify the future prospects for sustainable tourism in the MENA region.
An authorship team comprised on experienced regional tourism consultants and academics prepared this chapter that drew upon practitioner, governmental, and academic works. The contribution of this work is the comprehensive overview of sustainable tourism in MENA using a multi-source and multi-perspective lens. Many agencies and organisations are involved with tourism in MENA including national governments, multinational organisations such as UNDP, UNWTO, Organization of Islamic Cooperation(OIC), Islamic Development Bank, and the European Union, foreign aid agencies (e.g., GIZ, Swisscontact, USAID), the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), and multiple NGOs. Several of their contributions are recognised in this chapter.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Arab Spring; Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC); heritage-cultural tourism; Maghreb; MENA; natural disasters; oil production; peace; religious tourism; sanctions; Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); sustainable tourism; terrorism
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Last Modified: 01 May 2024 12:48

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