Image, Imagination, and Place: The Political Economy of Tourism in Saudi Arabia

  • Gwenn Okruhlik

Abstract

Sandwiched in the travel brochure between advertisements for trips to the Himalayan Kingdoms of Nepal and Bhutan, a Kenyan Christmas Family Safari, and a Summer in Tuscany, the alluring teaser reads: Saudi Arabia’s recent decision to welcome select groups of travelers to the Kingdom affords a thrilling opportunity to those seeking a truly unique travel adventure. In an age of eco-tourism, adventure travel, and culturally sensitive travel, Saudi Arabia is truly one of the last frontiers in international tourism. As a latecomer, Saudi Arabia offers an especially interesting vantage point from which to observe how politics and tourism intersect. The consumption of tourist services (including the choice of sites) cannot be extracted from the social and political relations in which they are embedded.1

Keywords

Europe Income Marketing Flare Beach 

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