Tourism for development: Environmental sustainability, poverty reduction and empowering communities; Thematic proceedings of ATLAS Africa Conferences Volume 6, Gaborone, Botswana, 1-3 July, 2009

K. Zellmer (Editor), R. van der Duim (Editor), J. Saarinen (Editor)

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Abstract

Tourism is a global scale industry with increasing impacts on the environment, regional and local development. In many African countries tourism provides increasingly new opportunities, jobs and economic benefits to local communities, and currently many countries in the continent see tourism promotion as a good and relatively inexpensive strategy that can be used to attract foreign direct investment through showing natural areas and local indigenous cultures. As a result of growing tourism activities many places and rural areas in the region are increasingly tied to the industry and related cultural, social, economic and political networks. At the same time tourism in the region is deeply influenced by its changing physical and social environments and larger processes such as global climate change. Tourism has become an important policy tool for community and regional development in Africa, including Southern Africa. Tourism has also a significant potential to influence and change the use of natural and cultural resources in the continent and region. This has highlighted the role of sustainability, management and governance in tourism development and turned tourism not only into an economic but also social and political activity that influences the wider environment in various ways. At policy level, tourism is increasingly viewed as an essential sector of regional and national reconstruction and development in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), for example. In this sense the rationale for tourism development has evolved towards the idea of tourism as a tool for regional and sustainable developlment and recently to a relatively new kind of ideas of tourism as an instrument of social and economic empowerment and poverty reduction. In this respect there are many regional and local development programmes that are highlighting the role of tourism in regional and sustainable development and empowerment.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationArnhem, The Netherlands
PublisherATLAS Association for Tourism and Leisure Education
Number of pages138
ISBN (Print)9789075775433
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Publication series

NameThematic proceedings of ATLAS Africa Conferences
PublisherATLAS Association for Tourism and Leisure Education
No.6

Keywords

  • tourism
  • tourism development
  • tourist industry
  • regional development
  • poverty
  • basic needs
  • environmental protection
  • community development
  • africa
  • sustainable development

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    Zellmer, K., van der Duim, R., & Saarinen, J. (Eds.) (2010). Tourism for development: Environmental sustainability, poverty reduction and empowering communities; Thematic proceedings of ATLAS Africa Conferences Volume 6, Gaborone, Botswana, 1-3 July, 2009. (Thematic proceedings of ATLAS Africa Conferences; No. 6). ATLAS Association for Tourism and Leisure Education.