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Tourism amidst armed conflict: consequences, copings, and creativity for peace-building through tourism in Nepal


Upadhayaya, P K; Müller-Böker, U; Sharma, S R (2011). Tourism amidst armed conflict: consequences, copings, and creativity for peace-building through tourism in Nepal. The Journal of Tourism and Peace Research, 1(2):22-40.

Abstract

Tourism is sensitive to conflict and responsive to peace. Nonetheless, it has to cope with peacelessness caused by violent conflict and its induced adverse factors. This paper analyzes the impact of a decade long (1996-2006) armed conflict on tourism in Nepal and explores the coping strategies applied by this sector to revive and sustain itself. Based on the historical political transformation of the state and some constructive efforts by the Nepalese tourism actors towards peace building, this paper argues that violent conflict is not always destructive but can also be a constructive social force for tourism if its actors are "practical" and not "apocalyptic". The paper also attempts to add some new knowledge on the complicated relationship between tourism, conflict and peace.

Abstract

Tourism is sensitive to conflict and responsive to peace. Nonetheless, it has to cope with peacelessness caused by violent conflict and its induced adverse factors. This paper analyzes the impact of a decade long (1996-2006) armed conflict on tourism in Nepal and explores the coping strategies applied by this sector to revive and sustain itself. Based on the historical political transformation of the state and some constructive efforts by the Nepalese tourism actors towards peace building, this paper argues that violent conflict is not always destructive but can also be a constructive social force for tourism if its actors are "practical" and not "apocalyptic". The paper also attempts to add some new knowledge on the complicated relationship between tourism, conflict and peace.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Uncontrolled Keywords:921
Language:English
Date:2011
Deposited On:08 Mar 2011 19:10
Last Modified:17 Feb 2018 13:10
Publisher:International Centre for Peace through Tourism Research, Stenden University
ISSN:1878-7754
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://www.icptr.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Tourism-Amidst-Armed-Conflict.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.icptr.com/ (Publisher)

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