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The impact of tourism on poverty in South Africa

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  • Melville Saayman
  • Riaan Rossouw
  • Waldo Krugell

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This paper evaluates the potential impact of tourism on poverty in South Africa on the basis of recent survey data on international tourism spending patterns. It looks at three scenarios, using an applied general equilibrium model. The main finding is that the poor benefit very little in the short term from additional tourism income. A further finding is that domestic and international tourist expenditure affect the economy differently; both markets are therefore important. In essence, the research confirms that tourism receipts can be used as a tool to alleviate poverty, but in South Africa this must be supported by policies that focus on the labour market and human resource development.

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  • Melville Saayman & Riaan Rossouw & Waldo Krugell, 2012. "The impact of tourism on poverty in South Africa," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(3), pages 462-487, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:29:y:2012:i:3:p:462-487
    DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2012.706041
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    1. Haretsebe Manwa & Farai Manwa, 2014. "Poverty Alleviation through Pro-Poor Tourism: The Role of Botswana Forest Reserves," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(9), pages 1-17, August.

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