n Commonwealth Youth and Development - Youth tourism in South Africa : the example of backpacking




Youth tourism is a growing phenomenon in the international tourism economy. One key dimension of youth tourism is backpacking. As a result of apartheid imposed sanctions, South Africa is a latecomer to the global industry of backpacking. This article analyses the emergence, organization, and developmental potential of backpacker tourism in South Africa. With growing national government support for backpacking in South Africa, a key finding is that backpacker tourism can be a lever for promoting local economic development in undeveloped and peripheral tourism regions.


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