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Title: Terrorism, homeland safety and event management

Authors: Geoffrey R. Skoll; Maximiliano E. Korstanje

Addresses: Criminal Justice Department, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222, NY, USA ' Department of Economics, University of Palermo, Larrea 1076 3 Floor Buenos Aires, Argentina

Abstract: As the last attacks on Boston showed terrorism is based not only on speculation but also on surprise. Terrorists do not want to destroy or to kill everybody, their goal is aimed to inflict and administrate fear to the witnesses. The fact is that tourism and mega-events represented a fertile source to perpetrate terrorist attacks, not only for the casualties but also by the psychological effects on citizenry. This paper explores the nature of terrorism in the context of leisure as well as proposing a valid model to understand the connection among tourism, event management and terrorism.

Keywords: terrorism; fear; event management; tourism; leisure; rules; surprise; homeland safety; terrorist attacks; psychological effects.

DOI: 10.1504/IJHEM.2014.062869

International Journal of Hospitality and Event Management, 2014 Vol.1 No.1, pp.95 - 110

Received: 20 May 2013
Accepted: 12 Jul 2013

Published online: 19 Jul 2014 *

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