The Challenges of Tourism in the Mediterranean Region
Published : Thursday 08 November 2012
Yet the recovery of tourism activity is not an end in itself. The revolutions have revealed structural shortcomings in the tourism sector, weakened by years of inadequate governance and incapable of offering renewed development opportunities in the spheres of employment and investment. Although growth in tourist arrivals had reached a high in recent years, it is the tourism model itself that was called into question by the revolution. The predominance of mass seaside tourism, dependence on the European market and territorial tourism development imbalances constitute the weak points of poorly balanced South Mediterranean tourism. At a time when the majority of SEMCs are undertaking processes of democratisation, said weaknesses represent the key sectoral challenges these countries are facing.
Institut de prospective économique du monde méditerranéen (IPEMED), Paris
Doctoral Student in Geography
Institute of Research and Higher Studies on Tourism (IREST), Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbonne
IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook Med.2012 : http://www.iemed.org/publicacions-en/historic-de-publicacions/anuari-de-la-mediterrania/anuari-iemed-de-la-mediterrania-2012
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