oa Alternation - Sustainable ecotourism in the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park: a stakeholder analysis

Volume 15, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The stakeholder framework allows for the perceptions of various stakeholders within the tourism system to be considered. For any form of sustainable development and successful conservation efforts to be implemented it is necessary that all stakeholders are involved. South Africa's history of racial discrimination has resulted in a skewed development of the economy in so far as the exclusion of the Black majority from the mainstream developmental agenda. Post-1994, many sectors, including the tourism sector have been earmarked as potential sectors for economic as well as social development. Integral for any form of development is the assessment of the status quo. Hence, within the ecotourism industry, a current assessment is necessary if development is to be premised on the many experiences and perceptions of the stakeholders that have a vested interest in the ecotourism industry. This article uses the stakeholder approach to understanding the social, economic as well as environmental impacts of ecotourism with regard to biodiversity and sustainable development at the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site.

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