n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Building capabilities for sub-Saharan Africa's rural tourism services performance

Supplement 2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


Rural tourism development is an entrepreneurial process. It requires rural communities to showcase their set of capabilities, their sources of leverage and knowledge necessary to embark on tourism development. In rural sub-Saharan Africa's local communities, managing transition from traditional livelihood activities to rural tourism is a sensitive process. Stakeholders, with local communities at the core, can collaborate and manage this development proactively. This study explores, by way of descriptive analysis, how capabilities for rural tourism services performance can be developed in rural sub-Saharan Africa, in terms of responsibility, delegation and accountability. Local governments as rural tourism stakeholder demand rural development. Local communities demand income from tourism development. Local governments and local communities should then share responsibility towards achieving tourism development goals by performing required activities, and accountability in evaluating how well individuals meet their responsibilities. Not-for-profit organisations as rural tourism stakeholder demand equity and local empowerment, hence can be delegated by local governments to facilitate capability building for rural tourism services performance, and to disclose results transparently, in both formal and informal ways.

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