Tourism and development in Tunisia

Robert A. Poirier

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Economic liberalization policies, externally imposed structural requirements, and Tunisia's comparative advantage have led the government to pursue tourism on a large scale. The growth of this sector has been phenomenal as evidenced by large scale hotel resort enclaves for Europeans and supportive infrastructural commitments by government and the private sector. The economic impact has been impressive in deficit reduction, capital accumulation, and balance of trade, but shows a vulnerability to the vicissitudes of international events. Despite economic gains, Tunisian policymakers are faced with cost/benefit ratio decision due to social and environmental impacts and the clash between Islamic and European values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-171
Number of pages15
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1995


  • Islamicist
  • economic liberalization
  • intercultural contact
  • sociocultural change
  • structural adjustment
  • tourist enclaves
  • trade deficit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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