WIT Press


Tourism As A Tool Of Development: The Case Study Of Siwa Oasis – Egypt Western Desert

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/ST100461

Volume

139

Pages

13

Page Range

537 - 549

Published

2010

Size

3,567 kb

Author(s)

D. F. Amara

Abstract

Challenges confronting the world’s visitor attractions vary both in scale and nature according to their location and ecosystem. Tourism is generally regarded as less destructive to the environment than most other industries; nevertheless, its sheer size and widespread presence create negative physical and social environmental damage. A case study of Siwa oasis, Egypt Western Desert, is selected, seeking to build a tourism industry depending on its resources. This paper helps to evaluate the present state of tourism in Siwa oasis, to consider the prospects of tourism as a tool of development in the oasis and to establish guidelines for a sustainable development approach. A field survey was conducted based on qualitative approach, in order to investigate experts’ opinions about the development of Siwa oasis as a tourist destination. Conclusions were focusing on the need to reassess tourism development process in the oasis , perceiving Siwa as a natural asset that needs to be preserved and confirming that as a result of overuse of resources it is important to discourage overdevelopment especially non ecological development projects, suggesting the application of strong sustainability criteria. Keywords: fragile ecosystem, natural and cultural resources, tourism development, sustainability, natural reserves, visitor management, Siwa oasis. 1 Introduction Egypt’s Western Desert embraces an area of 681,000 square kilometers, about two-thirds of the whole area of Egypt. It is one of the most arid regions in the world. The best known amongst these oases are Siwa, Bahriyah, Farafra, Kharga

Keywords

fragile ecosystem, natural and cultural resources, tourism development, sustainability, natural reserves, visitor management, Siwa oasis