Terrorism and tourism in France: The limitations of dark tourism

Seraphin, Hugues (2017) Terrorism and tourism in France: The limitations of dark tourism.

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this viewpoint article is to discuss whether or not dark tourism can be developed around the sites of recent terrorist attacks in France. Design/methodology/approach: The article is based on a literature review of key terms: dark tourism; tourism; terrorism. Findings: The article observes that dark tourism is not popular in France and dark tourism activities are unlikely to develop anywhere nearer the places where the recent terrorist attacks happened. France remains rather conservative in some aspects related to death. Practical implications: Recent events in France might challenge the leadership of the destination. The disturbing commonalities between tourism and terrorism make it difficult to figure out suitable recovery strategies that would contribute to enhancing the image of the destination without jeopardising the life of civilians. Originality/value: This paper presents France as a politically unstable tourist destination. In general, this scenario is normally associated with less developed countries or non-established tourist destinations.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: N830 Tourism, N831 Tourism studies, N832 Tourism management, N890 Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport not elsewhere classified
Members: The University of Winchester
Depositing User: ULCC Admin
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2017 04:10
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2017 04:10
URI: http://collections.crest.ac.uk/id/eprint/15312

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