Tourist preferences for ecotourism in rural communities adjacent to Kruger National Park: A choice experiment approach

P. Chaminuka, R.A. Groeneveld, A.O. Selomane, E.C. van Ierland

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Abstract

This paper analyses the potential for development of ecotourism in rural communities adjacent to Kruger National Park (KNP) in South Africa. We determine preferences of tourists, according to origin and income levels, for ecotourism and their marginal willingness to pay (MWTP) for three ecotourism attributes: village accommodation, village tours and visits to crafts markets. Data were collected from 319 tourists through choice experiments, and analyzed using a conditional probit model. Findings indicate reluctance on the part of all tourists to use accommodation facilities outside KNP, but interest to purchase village tours and visit village-based craft markets. MWTP was negative for accommodation for all income groups, but positive for village tours and crafts markets. Among international and high income groups of tourists, tourists were willing to pay much higher fees than proposed by communities. These findings suggest the potential for development of some limited ecotourism services in villages adjacent to KNP.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-176
JournalTourism Management
Volume33
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • conservation
  • africa
  • models
  • areas

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