Competing for tourists at Victoria Falls: A historical consideration of the effects of government involvement
Although many African countries have only recently started benefiting from tourism development, Zambia and Zimbabwe have a long history of promoting tourism. Since the late nineteenth century, the large number of visitors drawn to Victoria Falls has stimulated the development of one of southern Africa's earliest and most popular tourist destinations. Its value as both a commercial and spiritual site and its position on the border between Zambia have resulted in a complex, long-term transnational struggle between interested parties on both sides of the border. This article examines tourism development around Victoria Falls from a historical perspective, with attention to the efforts of colonial and post-colonial governments to promote tourism, and policies that have stifled it.
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Volume (Year): 27 (2010)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
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