Abstract:

An Evaluation of Community-Based Tourism on Rural Development: A Case Study of the Nompondo Community and the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park (HiP)

Sakhile B Nsukwini

Tourism is widely seen as an industry with the latent to provide rural communities with job opportunities, income and economic diversity. The province of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa boasts a wide range of tourism attractions and as a results, tourism development and community empowerment are the key emphases for economic development. Tourism is seen as a producer of concrete benefits to previously deprived communities as well as a key role player in the process of incorporating conservation and development. Nature conservation and related sustainable tourism development are being assigned to reduce rural poverty in KwaZulu Natal by economically empowering marginalised and local communities through employment, equity and entrepreneurship. However, tourists cannot be attracted into areas that are insecure and lack basic facilities. Tourism development, therefore, will depend upon private and government investment, with benefits being concentrated to poor rural communities through their practical involvement and inclusive participation in sustainable environmental management and commerce.

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An Evaluation of Community-Based Tourism on Rural Development: A Case Study of the Nompondo Community and the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park (HiP)

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