Show simple item record Mbaiwa, J.E. 2011-12-02T10:23:42Z 2011-12-02T10:23:42Z 2004
dc.identifier.citation Mbaiwa, J.E. (2004) The socio-cultural impacts of tourism development in the Okavango delta, Botswana, Journal of Tourism and Cultural Change, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 163-185 en_US
dc.description.abstract The objective of this article is to assess the socio-cultural impacts of tourism development in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. This paper largely relied on the research work and reports by the author in the Okavango Delta from 1998 to 2004. In all instances, both primary and secondary data sources were used. However, much of the paper is based on the results of a survey carried out between April 2001 and July 2002. Findings indicate that tourism development in the Okavango Delta has both positive and negative socio-cultural impacts. Some of the positive socio-cultural impacts include income generation and employment opportunities from both community-based tourism projects and safari companies, infrastructure development such as airport and airstrips, tarred roads, hotels, lodges and camps, the improvement of social services such as banking, health, telecommunications and access to electricity. The negative socio-cultural impacts include enclave tourism, racism, relocation of traditional communities, breaking up of the traditional family structure, increase in crime, prostitution, the adoption of the Western safari style of dressing and a traditionally unacceptable ‘vulgar’ language by young people. This article argues that tourism needs to be sensitive to local cultural norms and beliefs for it to be accepted by local people and promote sustainable development. This is possible if all the stakeholders (government, operators and local people) collaborate in policy formulation, implementation and monitoring. This can minimise the negative cultural impacts and instead promote the positive. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Routledge, en_US
dc.subject Okavango delta en_US
dc.subject socio-cultural impacts en_US
dc.subject tourism en_US
dc.subject sustainable development en_US
dc.subject community-based tourism en_US
dc.title The socio-cultural impacts of tourism development in the Okavango delta, Botswana en_US
dc.type Published Article en_US en_US

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