Crime and Disorder, Security and the Tourism Industry

  • R. I. Mawby


Many countries’ economies are heavily dependent on tourism (UNTWO, 2013). Anything that deters tourists is therefore a threat both to the tourist industry and to the wider economy. Crime, low-level public disorder, political unrest and terrorism are therefore of particular importance to the tourist industry. This chapter considers the relationship between tourism and crime and disorder. It starts with a review of the extent to which tourist resorts generate higher-than-average levels of crime and disorder and then addresses the high levels of risk experienced by tourists, before going on to suggest explanations for these patterns. It then considers the effect of crime and disorder on tourism numbers. Since threats to safety and security impact decisions on where to take a vacation, it is arguable that the tourism industry can also be considered a victim of crime. The final sections therefore address policies directed at supporting tourist victims and reducing crime and disorder in resorts.


Crime Rate Crime Prevention Tourist Industry Community Safety Gold Coast 
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