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How Tourism Can Promote Peace - Part 2

posted Dec 11, 2018, 1:30 PM by PFP Admin   [ updated Dec 11, 2018, 1:53 PM ]
Mahboobeh Fahnadezh Saadi ///

How People Can Contribute  


People can pursue peace through their association with tourism. For instance:  

1-Respect and work for the development, protection and support of traditions, cultural heritage sites and sacred places;

2-Acknowledge and protect cultural diversity, and encourage travel for all (including those with disabilities);

3-Reduce poverty by favoring local communities in employment and business development;

4-Eliminate the conditions which lead to acts of violence and work to restore damaged areas;

5-Plan carefully and adopt sustainable practices with respect to the environment;

6-Involve local people in decision-making; and

7-develop visible symbols such as peace poles, peace parks and peace gardens

How peace and tourism mutually negate violence and conflict?


Peace through tourism refers to the reduction and hopeful elimination of conditions that lead to violence. Researchers Kim and Crompton (1990) suggested that peace is a state which “removes logistical barriers to travel and psychological notions associated with fear for personal safety and antipathy from prospective hosts”. 


Active war discourages tourists, but the prospect of war and widespread violence equally deter all but the most courageous travellers.These scholar investigated the proposition that tourism has some potential to reduce tensions between divided countries. The fact is that as tourism needs a peaceful environment to encourage tourists, in turn, tourism can promote peace by reduction of tension between neighboring nations. 


Nations that are divided may have many things in common. For example, they may have a common language, common rituals and traditions, common relatives and so on. These elements are keys by which can promote tourism and ultimately develop the economic status of the countries that may have dispute for many years.