Reconciling Economic Growth, Conservation and Sustainable Development
Spiess, Andy, Al-Mubarak, Faisal, Weber, Alan S. (Eds.)
2016, Approx. 300 p.
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avoid past errors and proposes remedial actions to currently unsustainable
tourism development pathways
Investigates the effect of
unsustainable rapid development and its detrimental environmental,
socio-cultural and security impacts
Examines the net social
benefit of tourism development, to encapsulate economic, social and
environmental benefits and costs, and asks whether benefits outweigh costs overall
Tourism is one of the
world's largest as well as fastest growing industries and the Gulf Cooperation
Council (GCC) member states are expected to be increasingly important engines
of such growth, and tourism promotion is often considered an integral element
of their economic strategies. The sector is generally publicized as a vital
source of employment, revenue, foreign exchange benefits, public
infrastructure, diversification and inducement in reviving national pride.
Nevertheless tourism as a catalyst for economic development can be a
controversial device. While certain short term economic benefits clearly arise
from an expanding tourism industry in the Gulf economies, its unsustainable
rapid development has had detrimental environmental, socio-cultural and
security impacts, particularly because this industry is dependent on and a
major user of natural resources and habitually collides with the values,
skills, and aspirations of GCC nationals.
This book develops new strategies to avoid past
errors and proposes remedial actions to those currently unsustainable
development pathways. In consideration of the fact that all types of tourism
will eventually have a negative impact on the fragile environments of the GCC,
we will take a closer look at the net social benefit of tourism development, to
encapsulate economic, social and environmental benefits and costs, and ask
whether benefits outweigh costs overall. Such an approach will include
nonmonetary values and will allow the necessary trade-offs across economic, social
and environmental domains. Concurrently, research indicates that in their
aggressive pursuit of tourism development, Gulf governments either failed to
address or deliberately ignored the critical question of local employment, ergo
it is also crucial to assess the status quo, discuss why tourism has or has not
been able to succeed with the set policy goals and especially elaborate the
political rationale behind these deficiencies.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Arabian Peninsula - GCC Economies - Middle East Sustainability - Persian Gulf - State-society relations - Tourism
1. The Price of Branding: tourism and the elusive search for "culture" among Emiratis in Dubai, UAE.- 2.State-society relations, economic change, and tourism in the GCC states.- 3. Who are We? Tourism and National Identity in Jordan and Qatar.- 4. Planning for and Management of Sustainable Tourism within Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESAs) in Saudi Arabia.- 5. Sustainability Questions on GCC Investments in Sports: A Critical assessment of UAE and Qatari Football.- 6. Hidden Treasures: The Potential of Geotourism in Saudi Arabia.- 7. National Tourism Organizations in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).- 8. Towards a Long-Term Tourism Paradigm for the Gulf