International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Tourism and Globalization in the Arab World
Dr. Mairna Hussein Mustafa

Living in a small village called the "world" where differences among nations are eroding is a reality that can not be denied or ignored. The 'Globalization' as a phenomenon has been seen in most aspects of our life; the tremendous economic integration witnessed worldwide, the revolution of technology, the extensive usage of means of communication and transportation, the increasing opportunities for communities and nations across the borders to interact with each others, and many other aspects are now transforming our world into a small village where cultural differences are eroding. This paper is discussing the relationship between globalization and tourism in regard to the impact caused by them, and more specifically in Arab countries (Middle East and North Africa regions). The main finding of this paper is that economic benefits of tourism supported by aspects of globalization, were basically the focus of Arab countries, less consideration was given to environmental and socio-cultural impacts caused by tourism due to the pace of development as well as low standard of living for locals in these countries; such finding initiates the need to conduct a more sustainable planning and development for tourism.

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