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Title: Visiting the “enemy”: visitation in politically unstable destinations
Authors: Farmaki, Anna 
Antoniou, Katerina 
Christou, Prokopis A. 
Keywords: Cyprus;Travel intentions;Political instability;Reconciliation
Category: Economics and Business
Field: Social Sciences
Issue Date: 2019
Source: Tourism Review, 2019, Volume 74, Issue 3, Pages 293-309
Journal: Tourism Review 
Abstract: Purpose: This study aims to examine the factors shaping the intentions of people to visit a hostile outgroup. Design/methodology/approach: An exploratory, qualitative research approach was followed. Specifically, 77 semi-structured interviews with citizens of the divided island of Cyprus were conducted. Findings: 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. Originality/value: 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.
ISSN: 1660-5373
DOI: 10.1108/TR-11-2018-0159
Rights: © 2019, Emerald Publishing Limited.
Type: Article
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