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Making Community-Based Tourism Sustainable: Evidence from the Free State Province, South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Strydom, Albert J.
dc.contributor.author Mangope, Dinah
dc.contributor.author Henama, Unathi Sonwabile
dc.date.accessioned 2021-01-08T09:07:39Z
dc.date.available 2021-01-08T09:07:39Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.citation Strydom, A.J., Mangope, D., & Henama, U.S. (2019). MAKING COMMUNITY-BASED TOURISM SUSTAINABLE: EVIDENCE FROM THE FREE STATE PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA. GeoJournal of Tourism and Geosites, 24(1), 7–18. https://doi.org/10.30892/gtg.24101-338 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2065-1198
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/2141
dc.description Published Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Community-based tourism (CBT) has been promoted as a way of development whereby the socio-cultural, environmental and economic needs of local communities are met through tourism product offerings. CBT is concerned with ensuring that the local community benefits directly from the tourism industry. CBT is known to contribute to social and economic survival of the marginalised communities in developing countries and the preservation of natural resources in the affected areas. In developing countries, tourism has often been observed as the spin around for small-scale enterprises and job creation, and therefore the uplifting of local communities’ standard of living. Where CBT is practiced well, there is a potential to provide some exceptional opportunities for communities by offering not only better benefits, but also enhancing their contribution in planning and management of tourism in their communities. The primary goal of the study was to investigate the sustainability of financial investment in community-based tourism projects in the Thabo Mofutsanyana Municipality. Secondary objectives were set, namely: to determine if the projects can sustain themselves after funding support has been terminated, to determine the oversight role played by government on how funding has been utilised, and to formulate guidelines on how to increase the sustainability of CBT projects. CBT projects have the potential of opening up avenues for locals and economically deprived communities to have a meaningful contribution in tourism. The qualitative study sought to investigate the sustainability of financial investments in CBT within the Thabo Mofutsanyane area. The results indicated that financial investments are important for CBT. Financial investments are not an end, as marketing planning and skills development can ensure the success of CBT. This article offers developing destinations will critical success factors for CBT projects that are used to create a tourism supply chain for residents and citizens of a tourism destination. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher GeoJournal of Tourism and Geosites en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries GeoJournal of Tourism and Geosites;Year XII, vol. 24, no. 1, 2019, p.7-18
dc.subject South Africa en_US
dc.subject Tourism en_US
dc.subject Community-Based Tourism en_US
dc.subject Thabo Mofutsanyana en_US
dc.subject Quality-of-Life en_US
dc.title Making Community-Based Tourism Sustainable: Evidence from the Free State Province, South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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