Ecotourism as a form of sustainable development in South Africa

dc.contributor.authorAyotte, Alexandraen
dc.contributor.departmentEnvironmental Studiesen
dc.contributor.supervisorGoebel, Allisonen
dc.date2009-09-22 15:44:02.927
dc.date.accessioned2009-09-23T23:04:21Z
dc.date.available2009-09-23T23:04:21Z
dc.date.issued2009-09-23T23:04:21Z
dc.degree.grantorQueen's University at Kingstonen
dc.descriptionThesis (Master, Environmental Studies) -- Queen's University, 2009-09-22 15:44:02.927en
dc.description.abstractThis study examines ecotourism as a form of sustainable development in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries, with ecotourism being one of the fastest growing sectors. Ecotourism can provide a superior and sustainable alternative to traditional, resource dependent industries that are prevalent in developing countries. This research offers a multi-disciplinary perspective incorporating economic, environmental and social issues surrounding the implementation of an ecotourism industry. A framework for sustainable ecotourism development is created using indicators developed by the World Tourism Organization. This framework is applied to three case studies within the Eastern Cape. The case studies demonstrate both common and uniqe opportunities and challeges for ecotourism development throughout the Eastern Cape. The end result of this project is to create a better understanding of the tourism-environment relationship, and to explore how ecotourism, and more specifically backpacking, can contribute to sustainable development. This study contributes to the literature on the use of indicators in ecotourism. A framework of indicators for sustainable ecotourism represents the final product of this research. This framework can be used by local governments and organizations to aid in the planning and management of ecotourism both in South Africa and other developing nations, and lead to improvements in both the physical and social environments.en
dc.description.degreeM.E.S.en
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dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/5190
dc.language.isoengen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian thesesen
dc.rightsThis publication is made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws without written authority from the copyright owner.en
dc.subjectEcotourismen
dc.subjectSustainable Developmenten
dc.titleEcotourism as a form of sustainable development in South Africaen
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