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Tourist Flows and Factors Attractiveness in Southern Mediterranean Countries

Rabaa Chibet


Tourism has a long history in the South East Mediterranean Countries (SEMC) and became in most of them a powerful tool for development and a strong dimension of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation.

This is explained mainly by the natural and cultural resources of the region, the approval of its climate and proximity to major markets. To study the attractiveness factors that influence the development of tourism flows in SEMC, a panel gravity model, which is based on bilateral tourism flows from one country of origin to a country of destination is used.

The results show the positive impact of regional agreements, as well as the existence of common borders and common language between SEMC help develop their tourist flows.


SEMC; Tourism sector; Gravity model

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