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Tourism: Advantages and disadvantages in South Africa

Impacts and management of tourism products

The many different services that tourism in South Africa offers her tourists has both advantages and disadvantages. Advantages because of the multiple job opportunities this industry creates for many local people in their region.

Disadvantages because of the number of people passing through natural areas at any given point in time and could affect the natural functional of both the environment and the animals that live in it.  Furthermore, tourism is a fast growing component of the South African economy, with many players looking at expanding the tourism mix to include a stronger focus on cultural and rural tourism. Tourism product development, tourism compliance and tourism management plans need to take these factors into account.

In addition, South Africa as a signatory to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, has committed to the concept of sustainable, responsible and fair trade in tourism principles. This includes broadening participation in tourism services by local communities, small businesses (SMME’s) and entrepreneurs.

This class is approximately +-1,5 hours in duration and given by Mr. Ashwell Glasson. A day tour through the well-known Panorama Route within the Kruger2Canyons Biosphere region could also be conduct under this topic.

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God’s Window – a lookout over the region on the Panorama Route as part of the Blyde River Canyon

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