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Would a single regional visa encourage tourist arrivals in southern Africa?


  • Anneli Douglas
  • Berendien A Lubbe
  • Elizabeth A Kruger


Although many studies have been done of factors impeding Africa's development as a tourism destination, few have focused on southern Africa, and to date none have questioned whether the current visa requirements affect the region's tourism industry. This paper investigates the potential impact of the so-called Univisa, a single visa for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region proposed by SADC and the Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa. It examines the possible effect of visa requirements on a destination's accessibility and visitor numbers. Two surveys revealed that inbound and outbound tour operators were relatively positive about the benefits the proposed Univisa would bring, but were concerned about other factors hindering tourism development in the region. The study revealed the complexities of a regional visa and found that even though a regional visa might alleviate some problems, it cannot be seen as an answer to the slow development of tourism in this region.

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  • Anneli Douglas & Berendien A Lubbe & Elizabeth A Kruger, 2012. "Would a single regional visa encourage tourist arrivals in southern Africa?," Development Southern Africa, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 29(3), pages 488-505, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:deveza:v:29:y:2012:i:3:p:488-505
    DOI: 10.1080/0376835X.2012.706042

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