n Journal of Public Administration - South Africa and ecotourism : potential, opportunities and politics

Volume 43, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



Tourism in the Republic of South Africa appears to have missed the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to the country's economy. South Africa has great ecotourism potential, yet as reported prior to the 1994 first democratic election in the country, ecotourism contributed only 2% to the economy. The apartheid ideology in the country has to share the blame for the low economic contribution as tourism activities were based on discriminatory laws. This article therefore, investigates the role of ecotourism in the economy of the country, in particular the potential for improving the economic contribution of the rural communities, and the previous ecotourism politics which compromised its potential for improving its economic contribution, and its previous ecotourism politics which compromised South Africa's ecotourism potential to contribute to the economic development of the rural communities.

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