Monday, September 29, 2008

Ecotourism in Botswana

World Tourism Day celebrations just past, HOORC's Library has received The realities of ecotourism development in Botswana by HOORC researcher Joseph E. Mbaiwa. The publication is a chapter in a new book published by Earthscan, Responsible Tourism : Critical Issues for Conservation and Development. Mbaiwa reviews recent nature tourism developments in the country and points out challenges that include fair and equitable distribution of tourism benefits, lack of reinvestment of funds generated by the industry and shortage of marketing and entrepreneurship skills among local people. The National Ecotourism Strategy and the Botswana Government's 2007 passing of a bill that reserves some tourism businesses for citizens are mentioned as efforts to tackle these issues. You can find the book chapter in HOORC's Library.

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