Tourism in a post-conflict situation of fragility

Marina Novelli, N. Morgan, C. Nibigara

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Whilst there are studies of tourism development in sub-Saharan Africa, almost none explicitly explore tourism in post-conflict societies. This study, co-authored between an African ‘insider’ and European ‘outsiders’, analyses tourism development challenges in Burundi, a ‘situation of fragility’ emerging from a 12-year civil war. Framed by hopeful tourism’s co-created knowledge, the field research had unique access to powerful elites and remote communities and encompasses interviews with a wide range of stakeholders (including the President of the Republic), field observations, and a feedback workshop. The paper identifies challenges to sustainable tourism development in one of the world’s poorest countries and evaluates tourism in apost-conflictsituation of fragility under the themes of institution- and state-building and post-conflict challenges and transitional justice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1446-1469
Number of pages24
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • post-conflict societies
  • rapid situation analysis
  • hopeful tourism
  • fragile states
  • Africa
  • Burundi


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