Document type: DU ETD
Collection: Geology Theses  
Title The Effects of Regional Political Instability on Moroccan Tourism, 1989-2000
Author(s) Kizlyk, Darrick
School/Department Department of Geography
Institution University of Denver
Degree Type Master's
Degree Name M.A.
Type of Resource text
Degree Date 2001 June
Digital Origin Born digital
Rights Statement All Rights Reserved
Reason for Restrictions No restrictions
Type of Restriction No restrictions
Keyword(s) Geography
Genre Dissertations, Academic
Abstract For less-developed countries. tourism. as a development option has become widely promoted. However, tourism development is no panacea because of its volatile nature-in many instances caused by internal or regional political instability. Looking at Morocco specifically, there is strong evidence suggesting that the Gulf War in 1991 and events associated with the Algerian civil war caused a precipitous decline in tourism receipts for Morocco. By examining who the tourists visiting Morocco are, how long they stay, and how much they spend, we find that the patterns from different source countries are remarkably different. Prospective tourists from Western countries to Morocco respond negatively when they fear their safety is in danger-even if the political instability is in the Middle East, but in a culturally similar region. On the other hand, the ability of North African tourists to get to Morocco was hindered as violence in the Algerian civil war escalated and the Moroccan- Algerian border closed in late 1994. As a result, tourism receipts for Morocco have been volatile in the 1990s. However, the different causes of the volatility have led to varying effects within Morocco. The decline in Western tourists to Morocco caused by regional political instability lasted approximately one year, while the border closure has limited the number of North African tourists since late 1994. This has led to areas in the country, particularly eastern Morocco, to have suffered through a prolonged decline in their tourism industry. While Morocco could become less susceptible to regional political instability by becoming a mass tourism destination, the nature of the tourist attractions in the country would make the transition difficult and also lead to other potential problems. Therefore, perhaps there are no definitive answers, and Morocco, like other less-developed countries, must take the good and the bad associated with using tourism as a development strategy.
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