One stone, two birds: harnessing interfaith tourism for peacebuilding and socio-economic development

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Abstract

This study examines the importance of interfaith tourism to peace and socio-economic development and assesses factors that influence interfaith tourism vis-à-vis its role in peacebuilding and socio-economic development. The researcher adopted an exploratory research design and conducted in-depth semi-structured interviews and media analysis. The findings revealed that interfaith tourism constitutes a powerful social force that can reinforce peace and socio-economic development. However, challenges related to low tourism development, poor engagement, and collaboration among tourism stakeholders limit interfaith tourism benefits. This research contributes to the scarce literature concerning the socio-political aspects of tourism and the importance of interfaith tourism for peace and local development. It is argued that interfaith tourism supports the United Nation Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) 16 in maintaining peace and social justice in developing nations like Africa. Practically, the findings benefit policymakers and tourism stakeholders in nurturing peace, inclusive societies, and unanimity using interfaith tourism development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)550-564
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Sustainable Tourism
Volume30
Issue number2-3
Early online date23 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Africa
  • Ethiopia
  • Interfaith tourism
  • peacebuilding
  • religious tourism
  • UN SDG16

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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