Private Sector Tourism in Conservation Areas in Africa

June 2019
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    7th June 2019
  • ISBN 9781786393555
  • Language English
  • Pages 264 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.6"

In Africa's protected areas, tourism involves numerous stakeholders interacting in various partnerships and relationships. These stakeholders include governments, communities, NGOs, the private sector, and academics.

Through the use of extensive case studies from throughout Africa, this book presents guidelines to ensure optimal benefits for stakeholders as well as promoting the sustainability of tourism in Africa. It includes descriptions of the various models/options for the private sector to engage in tourism in conservation areas in Africa including, among others, pure private sector ownership, joint ventures, tripartite agreements and government leases. The processes used to develop these partnerships -- from start to finish -- are covered, as well as best practices for the private sector engaging in tourism. The book provides guidance on assessing what private sector tourism options are most suitable based on guidelines of conditions and desired outcomes promoting the long-term sustainability of African tourism in protected areas.

1: Introduction
2: Background
3: Private sector partnership options
4: Joint venture lodge ownership partnership options
5: Processes to develop accommodation partnerships in protected areas
6: Best practices: lessons learned from the case studies
7: Conclusion

Susan Snyman

Susan Snyman joined Wilderness Safaris, a high-end ecotourism operator, in 2008, bringing with her over a decade of experience in the tourism industry in southern Africa, including guiding, community development and liaison, camp management and environmental impact assessments as an independent consultant. Sue is Vice-Chair of the IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Groups (TAPASG) and Research Fellow at the Environmental Economics Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. She is also Coordinator of the TAPASG Community Working Group with members working together on community engagement and benefit-sharing from tourism and protected areas. Having completed coursework at the University of Goteborg, Sweden, the focus of her PhD research measured the socio-economic impact of high-end ecotourism in remote, rural communities adjacent to protected areas, based on over 1,700 community surveys in six southern African countries.

Anna Spenceley

Anna Spenceley is a tourism consultant focusing on sustainable tourism based in South Africa. In particular, she works in areas of high biodiversity in developing countries, through her company STAND. Anna is Chair of the IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group, a Senior Research Fellow with the University of Johannesburg, and sits on the editorial teams of several journals including the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. She is also the editor of the book Responsible Tourism: Critical issues for Conservation and Development and co-editor of Evolution and Innovation in Wildlife Conservation and Tourism and Poverty Reduction: Impacts and Principles in Developing Countries.