n Acta Academica - Pro-poor tourism routes : the Open Africa experience

Volume 42, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0587-2405


Tourism development in South Africa has been inconsistent and has failed to fulfil the promises of pro-poor development. Tourism routes have been touted as a promising means of supporting pro-poor tourism. However, in practice, established tourism route models benefit well-resourced establishments and do little to effectively include disadvantaged communities. This article explores the role of tourism routes as a pro-poor tool by outlining the practical problems of both supporting established routes and developing new ones. The Open Africa tourism route development methodology, its limitations, problems and pitfalls are scrutinised by focusing on two Open Africa routes.

Toerisme-ontwikkeling in Suid-Afrika was in die verlede oneweredig en het misluk om beloftes van pro-armoede ontwikkeling gestand te doen. Toerismeroetes is geprys as 'n belowende manier om pro-armoede toerisme te ondersteun. In die praktyk baat gevestigde besighede egter meer by toerismeroete-ontwikkeling as benadeelde gemeenskappe. Hierdie artikel ondersoek dus die rol van toerismeroetes as 'n pro-armoede werktuig deur te fokus op die praktiese probleme van die vestiging en volhoubaarheid van nuwe roetes. Die Open Africa-roete ontwikkelingsmetodologie, beperkinge, probleme en slaggate word onder oë geneem deur te fokus op twee Open Africa-roetes.

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