Impacts of Political Instability on the Future of Tourism Growth: The Case of Tanzania

Mseti, Elias and Kilungu, Halima (2019) Impacts of Political Instability on the Future of Tourism Growth: The Case of Tanzania. International Conference on the Future of Tourism (ICFT). pp. 1-12. ISSN 2507-7872

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Abstract

Abstract Tourism is one of the world's fastest growing economic sectors. Nonetheless, political instability is regarded as a challenge for its growth. The implications of political instability on tourism growth in Africa are significant but poorly assessed; this is the case in Tanzania. This paper reviews and reflects on the effects of political instability on tourism growth in African Countries, particularly in Tanzania. The paper shows that the number of tourist arrivals decreased by 50% soon after the war between Tanzania and Uganda in 1978/79, and by 25% soon after terrorist bombing the Tanzanian American Embassy in 1998. Likewise in Congo, tourist arrivals decreased by 80% in 2017 soon after the war of 2016. Because the tourism growth is partly measured by the number of tourist arrivals, this review provides insights that may help African countries learn from and avoid unnecessary and unexpected factors that may trigger political instability. This paper argues that the growth of the tourism in Africa is contingent to its political stability. Keywords: Tanzania, Tourism, political instability

Item Type: Article
Subjects: 300 Social Sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Tourism and Hospitality
Depositing User: Mr Mugisha Kafuma
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2020 11:31
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2020 11:31
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/2399

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