Visiting the “enemy”: visitation in politically unstable destinations

Farmaki, Anna, Antoniou, Katerina orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-2685-1500 and Christou, Prokopis (2019) Visiting the “enemy”: visitation in politically unstable destinations. Tourism Review, 74 (3). pp. 293-309. ISSN 1660-5373

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This study aims to examine the factors shaping the intentions of people to visit a hostile outgroup.

An exploratory, qualitative research approach was followed. Specifically, 77 semi-structured interviews with citizens of the divided island of Cyprus were conducted.

This study identifies several categories of visitors and non-visitors, depicted along a continuum, and concludes that there is a multiplicity of factors in the socio-political environment which influence the travel intentions of people.

This study not only imparts insights into the way travel decision-making evolves in politically unstable situations but also serves as a stepping stone towards understanding the conditions under which reconciliation between hostile nations may be encouraged by travel.

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