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Spring 2020

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Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights


The overall purpose of this study was to research the effects of adventure tourism on rural towns and villages, notably their financial cultural and physical aspects. Issues such as the commodification of lived experiences in a post-colonial context will be examined. The study was conducted via interviews from hotel workers and guides in major tourist cities (Fes, Rabat and Merzouga). I found that most international tourists hailed from Western countries; thus, English or French were the primary languages used in the tourism business. Also, significant modes of craftsmanship that faced a cultural extinction, such as folk music, rugs, and pottery, experienced a rebirth with tourist dollars. Finally, communities invested more considerable financial resources to protecting sites of natural and cultural beauty so tourists could use them for recreational activities. In conclusion, tourism was beneficial for cities in generating cash flow and protecting cultural institutions.


African Studies | Development Studies | Growth and Development | Historic Preservation and Conservation | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration | Tourism | Tourism and Travel


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