Show simple item record Selepe, Mosa Xaba, Fikile Mdiniso, Joyce 2019-11-14T10:25:42Z 2019-11-14T10:25:42Z 2018
dc.identifier.issn 2223-814X
dc.description Article published in the African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure, Volume 7 (5) - (2018) en_US
dc.description.abstract Ecotourism has been positively linked to job creation, small business development and poverty alleviation. The article forms part of the larger study which seeks to assess the contribution of ecotourism to sustainable development in Umkhanyakude which is in KwaZulu Province in South Africa. Through a combination of simple random sampling and purposive sampling, 51 participants were selected from each of the four local municipalities, resulting in a combined total of 204 respondents overall. The study employed a parallel convergent design consisting of qualitative and quantitative research methods. Semi-structured interviews were used to collect data from programme officials, project managers and owners of ecotourism ventures; while questionnaires were applied to elicit data from community members. The results revealed that Ecotourism initiatives contributed to the alleviation of poverty and unemployment in areas like Mtubatuba (40%), Hlabisa (30%) and Umhlabuyalingana (20%). Adversely, the study found that ecotourism in Jozini was largely underdeveloped and under-resourced, with relatively low community perceptions (10%) about its benefits. Drawing on these results, it was concluded that despite lack of financial resources, opportunities exist to improve implementation of ecotourism through capacitation of local communities and institutionalisation of community-based sourcing models. en_US
dc.format.extent 17 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher African Journal of Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure en_US
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dc.subject Community en_US
dc.subject Ecotourism en_US
dc.subject Poverty en_US
dc.subject Sustainable development en_US
dc.subject Unemployment en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Ecotourism en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sustainable development--Developing countries en_US
dc.title Ecotourism as a vehicle to reduce unemployment and poverty: The role of the community and employees en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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