International Development Planning Review

Tourism planning and regional instability: The consequences of rapid expansion of the tourism sector in Jordan

International Development Planning Review (2006), 28, (3), 311–332.

Abstract

Tourism is likely to be a significant source of growth for many developing countries during the coming decades. However, the globalisation of the tourist sector is likely to pose increasing challenges to development planners concerned with ensuring equitable and sustainable local development initiatives. This paper examines the rapid growth of tourism in Jordan in the wake of the peace treaty with Israel and a series of projections of the growth potential of the sector based on overly optimistic predictions of future tourist visits and the resulting revenue produced by the World Tourism Organisation. Continuing instability in the region has caused very large fluctuations in revenues and had severe consequences for smaller tourism operators. This paper will assess the consequences of this instability, with special attention to the pattern of investments in Petra and Wadi Musa, and provide lessons learned for other countries seeking to stabilise tourism and investments.

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