Does Tourism Really Lead to Peace? A Global View

Stephen Albert Pratt, Anyu Liu

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There has been much rhetoric about tourism's role in promoting world peace. This research takes a global perspective examining the relationship between peace and tourism across 111 different countries using a panel data model using two indicators, international tourist arrivals and the Institute for Economics and Peace's Global Peace Index. The results indicate that tourism is the beneficiary of peace rather than grounds for peace. Peace is most important to tourism in medium income destinations but still important for high income nations. No relationship exists between peace and tourism arrivals for low income nations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-90
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2016


  • Economic development
  • Peace
  • Safety
  • Security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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