Semblances of ‘war tourism’ in Sarajevo, post-2005

Nicholas Wise, Ivo Mulec

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    Abstract

    War creates negative place images, so cities, regions and countries often attempt to (re) create an image after tragic events. In some cases, post-war, a place will use the recent events as a way of educating tourists. After turbulent events cities often attempt to create a new image and fade memories of war and focus on the future as a means of removing the negative imaginations associating a place with its past. Sarajevo has often been referred to as a ‘War Tourism’ destination and this paper critically assesses the city in relation to destination image of war tourism since 2005. After the war ended, people associated Sarajevo with war, so the city strategically attempted to embrace this part of their recent history as a way of educating visitors about what really happened and not only what was presented to the outside world through the media. The purpose of the following commentary is to revisit the focus of tourism in Sarajevo ten years after the signing of the Dayton Peace Accords until present day.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-9
    Number of pages9
    JournalAmerican Journal of Tourism Management
    Volume3
    Issue number1B
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • Sarajevo
    • history
    • war
    • tourism

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