Sustainable Tourism Development in Saudi Arabia
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The paper lists the Saudi Arabian government's ten-point tourism development plan and reveals that while it has led to a tremendous increase in tourism development in the Kingdom, it could cause a drain on the natural resources. The paper instead proposes a sustainable tourism development plan with emphasis on the eastern coast covering Ra's al Khafji from the north, Al Jubayl in the center and to Ad Damman and Dharhan to the south. The paper provides several recommendations and considerations for a program that will ensure viability of the industry without harming the ecological balance of the area.
From the Paper:"Once the above are all considered, representatives from the previously mentioned regions will identify resources, attractions and facilities in their respective areas that will be incorporated in the sustainable tourism development plan. Aside from these, the representatives will also need to identify potential local and foreign investors who believe in funding such a noble tourism program. The key consideration in this matter is that "efforts to promote tourism development in the region must consider up-front the possible risks, negative impacts, and externalities that tourism development and increased tourist flows generate. These range from increased use of resources (such as water), environmental degradation, conflicts with indigenous groups over land use, the distortion of the local economy, and negative cultural impacts. (Hazbun, 2006)" To ensure compliance from all sectors that will be involved; the advocacy should be spearheaded by the government with Ministry of Economy and Planning of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Supreme Commission for Tourism at the forefront.
"After identifying the regional and sectoral representatives, mapping out resources, attractions and facilities, listing potential local and international investors, ascertaining the risks associated with the plan and being spearheaded by the government, it is important to prepare the budget needed to realize the plan. Depending upon the concession of parties involved, the sustainable tourism development plan can be on a three-, five- or ten-year program."
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- Hazbun, Waleed. A New Agenda for Tourism Development in the Arab World. 28 Feb. 2006. 12 June 2009. <http://hazbun.mwoodward.com/NewAgenda.pdf>.
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