Tourism boosts peace around the world

Study finds sustainable tourism contributes to peace
An open and sustainable tourism sector can boost the level of peace in a country, according to a new study by the World Travel & Tourism Council in collaboration with the Institute of Economics and Peace.
Tourism as a Driver for Peace, as the report is called, reveals a positive correlation between tourism sectors that show sustainability in social, cultural, economic, political and environmental areas with “positive peace”, a measure based on the attitudes and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies.
Such conditions in tourism can have far-reaching impact, for example by improving the functioning of governments. As governments respond to tourism demand and create a welcoming environment for further tourism expansion, this in turn increases future peace levels, the report says.
Another finding is that countries not affected by conflict tend to have tourism performance that is more resilient to unrest. This can be seen from a 6.6% decrease in the Global Peace Index for conflict-affected countries corresponding to a 14.8% decline in the Tourism Index between 2008 and 2015.
Meanwhile, a 1.4% decline in Global Peace Index for countries not affected by conflict compares to a 12.8% improvement in the Tourism Index in the same time period.
Another highlight is the effect of terrorist attacks on tourism. While countries where terrorist attacks have targeted tourists have seen dramatic impact on their tourism sector, the effect does not last long, according to the report.
“The data […] shows how the tourism sector is one of the key areas in which the private sector can play a positive and tangible role in contributing to global peace,” said Steve Killelea, founder & executive chairman at IEP.
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