Stolen history: Community concern towards looting of cultural heritage and its tourism implications

Amr Al-Ansi, Jin Soo Lee, Brian King, Heesup Han

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

19 Citations (Scopus)


It has become increasingly commonplace to exhibit antiques and historical artefacts in cultural museums, prompted by the flourishing global art market. However, behind the phenomenon of blockbuster exhibitions in leading tourism cities throughout the world, lies the problem of looted cultural heritage. This study proposes a research framework combining conceptual and empirical approaches. The authors explore the previously neglected concerns of local communities towards the smuggling of cultural heritage property with particular reference to Yemen. Structural model development and assessment were performed using a dual analysis process that involved covariance-based structural equation modelling (CB-SEM) and partial least squares (PLS-SEM). The researchers propose six constructs that contribute significantly to sustainable tourism: direct protection management, trust in government, community participation and support for sustainable tourism. The study proposes critical insights about mitigating this global dilemma for implementation by international authorities, governments, nongovernmental organisations and scholars.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104349
JournalTourism Management
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021


  • Community participation
  • Cultural property
  • Heritage looting
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Yemen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management


Dive into the research topics of 'Stolen history: Community concern towards looting of cultural heritage and its tourism implications'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this