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n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Recounting social tourism development in South Africa

Supplement 2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315

Abstract

Notwithstanding tourism in South Africa being declared a priority sector alongside mining and agriculture, the South African government's concern with the sustainability of the domestic tourism market stems from a significant lack of travel culture among the majority of the population. This study takes an initial look at the development of social tourism in South Africa both historically and as an unconventional way of addressing some of South Africa's domestic tourism gaps with particular emphasis on encouraging youth participation in social tourism. Specifically, the report recounts evidence of social tourism development in South Africa along three distinct historical and political periods namely during the independence period of 1910- 1948, in the period of apartheid between 1948 and 1994 and in the post 1994 democratic era. In particular the paper presents the workings of the Star Seaside Fund, a charity organisation that has been developing social tourism in South Africa since 1910. In-depth interviews with staff of the charity organisation revealed surprising facts that the Star Seaside Fund was taking underprivileged black children to the seaside during the apartheid era when travel of the majority of its black citizens was extremely restricted and heavily regulated. Furthermore, in-depth interviews with two participants confirmed the long-lasting social and psychological benefits of social tourism travel to the participating youth. Therefore this study represents a contribution to the further enrichment of social tourism discourse in South Africa as well as a better understanding of its current nature.

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2015-10-01
2020-09-28

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