n African Journal of Business and Economic Research - Environmental factors influencing the perceptions of urban ecotourism among host communities in South Africa

Volume 15, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1750-4554
  • E-ISSN: 1750-4562



This study identified environmental factors that influence perceptions of urban ecotourism among host communities, with specific reference to city parks in South Africa's Gauteng Province. This research adopted a quantitative approach, using the survey methodology in which 378 community members from Ivory Park, Ebony Park and Kaalfontein were given detailed questionnaires. The collected data were analysed utilising exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and structural equation modelling, by means of the Smart PLS software. The results of the exploratory factor analysis showed that, for the environment impact construct, four factors were extracted: rules, nature conservation, participation and environmental benefits. The results of the structural equation modelling established that there is a positive and significant

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