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2012-05-07 | Peer Reviewed

The role of tourism employment in poverty reduction and community perceptions of conservation and tourism in southern Africa

Snyman, Susan. 2011. “The role of tourism employment in poverty reduction and community perceptions of conservation and tourism in southern Africa.” Journal of Sustainable Tourism 20:3: 395-416.
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The study assesses the role played by high-end ecotourism at study sites in Malawi, Botswana and Namibia.

Analysis of dependency ratios, household income and social welfare impacts in the study indicate that rural communities are moving towards a heavier reliance on the market economy in the form of ecotourism operations. Analysis of the impact of employment on an appreciation of conservation and tourism also shows a positive relationship, though education was shown to play an even greater role.