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Exploring the role of women entrepreneurs in revitalizing historic Nazareth

, Daniel Daniel Lavenb Department of Tourism Studies and Geography, European Tourism Research Institute (ETOUR), Mid Sweden University, Ostersund, SwedenView further author information, Alon Gelbman
Published: 15 November 2022

Abstract: In this study, we explore the role of women’s entrepreneurship in revitalizing the historic market district of Nazareth (Israel). This is a special context to examine the intersection of women’s entrepreneurship, tourism, and historic revitalization because of the complex geo-political, cross cultural, and community development setting. We examine the role of women through their practice of cultural tourism-oriented entrepreneurship and seek to understand factors motivating women to engage in such entrepreneurship, along with their unique contributions. We utilize a qualitative research approach and conducted semi-structured interviews, augmented by numerous site visits and participant observation. Findings reveal that respondents, along with their individual-level motivations, have a strong desire to act on behalf of all women as well as to contribute to the community at large. This study sheds light on the role that women play as bearers of specific craft traditions as well as their ability to provide a unique calming and stabilizing effect on the socio-economic environment through their venturing. Beyond Nazareth, this study offers insight into the relationship between tourism and the SDGs on gender equality (5), decent work and economic growth (8) and on building peace, justice and strong institutions (16).
Keywords: Women's entrepreneurship / tourism / historic districts / Nazareth / sustainability / SDGs

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