Destination Competitiveness: The Perceptions of Foreign Tourists Visiting Qatar

17 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2021 Last revised: 22 Jul 2021

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Ali Salman Saleh

Qatar University

Saif Alsowaidi

Qatar University - College of Business and Economics

Shrabani Saha

University of Lincoln (UK) - Faculty of Business & Law

Ghialy Yap

Edith Cowan University; Financial Research Network (FIRN)

Date Written: June 2, 2021

Abstract

This paper aims to develop an evidence-based integrated model for destination competitiveness and apply it to the case of Qatar, such that it could be used to identify relevant determinants and rank their contributions to tourism performance in Qatar based on survey data for foreign tourists’ perceptions of the country. Various statistical methods were used to categorize the relevant constraints and the key determinants of tourism performance in Qatar. The results reveal that the highest-ranked determinants concerned core resources, particularly heritage-based artistic and architectural features, historic sites, and traditional arts and culture. In contrast, natural resources—such as national parks, wildlife, and nature-based activities—were ranked relatively low as determinants. This paper presents fresh insights into the competitiveness of Qatari tourism from visitors’ perspectives, and this may inform strategies for improving the country’s level of tourism competitiveness.

Keywords: Qatar tourism; tourism destination competitiveness; Dwyer-Kim model; competitiveness indicators; blockade.parated]

JEL Classification: C83, Z32, N15

Suggested Citation

Saleh, Ali Salman and Alsowaidi, Saif and Saha, Shrabani and Yap, Ghialy C. L., Destination Competitiveness: The Perceptions of Foreign Tourists Visiting Qatar (June 2, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3858560 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3858560

Saif Alsowaidi

Qatar University - College of Business and Economics ( email )

2713 Doha
Qatar

Shrabani Saha

University of Lincoln (UK) - Faculty of Business & Law ( email )

Lincoln
United Kingdom

Ghialy C. L. Yap

Edith Cowan University ( email )

Joondalup Campus
Perth
Joondalup 6027 WA
Australia

Financial Research Network (FIRN)

C/- University of Queensland Business School
St Lucia, 4071 Brisbane
Queensland
Australia

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