Community Tourism-Much More than a Markerting Ploy

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Community tourism is a marketing buzzword that is powerful in its positive ‘feel-good’ factor, but how much of it is just marketing speak and how many real benefits actually go to communities across the continent?

ASF has worked with communities to set up sustainable businesses in many of southern Africa’s premier parks and world heritage sites including Madikwe, iSimangaliso, Kruger, Kgalagadi, Etosha, Palmwag, Bwabawata and Maputo. According to Peter Massyn and his team, many valuable lessons have been learnt along the way.

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Baffalo RioMassyn says it’s important to look at the definition of community tourism in its true sense. He says, “Community tourism is a form of tourism that not only brings net benefits to local communities, especially those at the margins of society, but also includes them as owners (or co-owners)We believe this emphasis on ownership is vital if we are to overcome the legacies of  read more…

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