oa Alternation - Contesting ecotourism development in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



In the post democratic South Africa, ecotourism has become the government's flag-ship programme to attract foreign currency and promote local economic development especially amongst communities historically marginalised within the precincts of tourist sites. This bold initiative was encapsulated in a White Paper on Tourism (Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism 1996). Isolated by apartheid and blessed with natural assets in the form of biodiversity, ranking it the third highest in the world (Cowan et al. 2003). South Africa has become a destination of choice for foreign tourists. Given the high influx of foreign visitors to the country resulting from decades of international isolation, the tourism sector provides a lucrative opportunity to promote development given the enormous inequalities inherited from the past. Tourism is perceived to be an important catalyst to stimulate local economic development, especially in communities that have been previously disadvantaged (Sebola1998:59-58).

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