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The visitor economy in the Mediterranean

Track chair: Professor Andreas Papatheodorou, University of the Aegean, Greece

Economics and politics are structurally intertwined either directly or through secondary impacts on society and culture. Hence, any multi-faceted phenomenon such as tourism is expected to be largely affected by major economic and political changes taking place either nationally and/or at a global level. In the light of the recent world financial turmoil and its subsequent implications for several European Mediterranean countries, one of the key aspects to be examined is how the economic recession has affected the relationship between tourism and economic growth not only from an inbound but also from a domestic and outbound tourism perspective.

Likewise, political instability, war and terrorism in Mediterranean countries located in Africa and Asia have resulted in significant tourism flow diversion effects whose dynamics may extend beyond the short term raising both challenges and opportunities for affected and their neighbouring areas. Moreover, tourism authorities in the Mediterranean countries should develop a strategy ahead of Brexit given the prominence of the UK outbound tourism market for the region in question.  Having all the above in mind, tapping into new tourism markets especially from Asia may prove the way forward albeit with certain prerequisites.

This track theme includes the following topics:

  • Economic crisis and its impact on tourism in the Mediterranean Region
  • Political instability, war and terrorism: implications for Mediterranean tourism
  • Assessing the possible impact of Brexit on the Mediterranean tourism
  • The Asian traveller in the Mediterranean: opportunities and the way forward.

Call for papers

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 30 June 2017
  • Confirmation of acceptance: 30 June 2017
  • Last date for early bird registration: 14 July 2017
  • Deadline for registration: 18 Aug 2017

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