Tourism development in Kuwait: examining the political-economic challenges in a unique rentier economy

Paris, Cody Morris, Marochi, Belisa and Rubin, Simon (2017) Tourism development in Kuwait: examining the political-economic challenges in a unique rentier economy. International Journal of Diplomacy and Economy, 3 (4) . pp. 301-315. ISSN 2049-0887 [Article] (doi:10.1504/IJDIPE.2017.10009706)

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Abstract

This article explores the challenges Kuwait faces to develop tourism due to the particularly unique political-economic system of popular rentierism. Kuwait’s tourism industry is relatively underdeveloped in comparison to other Gulf Cooperation Council countries and has not received much attention by tourists, policy-makers, and scholars. This study provides both a macro-level analysis of the political economic obstacles to tourism development in Kuwait and the more micro-level challenges that have resulted, particularly in relation to proposed mega-development projects. While insights from this study are useful for understanding the role of tourism in the rentier economies, this study also further theorises tourism within the field of international relations and political economy and shows how tourism development is of particular importance for public diplomacy in the current global arena.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Marketing, Branding and Tourism
Item ID: 23109
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Inderscience in International Journal of Diplomacy and Economy on 12/12/2017, available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJDIPE.2017.10009706
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Depositing User: Cody Paris
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2017 16:59
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2021 19:48
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/23109

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