Environmental factors influencing the perceptions of urban ecotourism among host communities in South Africa

Modjadji Matilda Mashapa, Eugine Tafadzwa Maziriri

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This study identified environmental factors that influence perceptions of urban ecotourism among host communities, with specific reference to city parks in South Africa's Gauteng Province. This research adopted a quantitative approach, using the survey methodology in which 378 community members from Ivory Park, Ebony Park and Kaalfontein were given detailed questionnaires. The collected data were analysed utilising exploratory factor analysis (EFA) and structural equation modelling, by means of the Smart PLS software. The results of the exploratory factor analysis showed that, for the environment impact construct, four factors were extracted: rules, nature conservation, participation and environmental benefits. The results of the structural equation modelling established that there is a positive and significant relationship between environmental factors and perceptions of urban ecotourism. This study adds to the existing body of urban ecotourism literature in an emerging economy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-148
Number of pages26
JournalAfrican Journal of Business and Economic Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Environmental Benefits
  • Nature Conservation
  • South Africa
  • Urban Ecotourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Economics and Econometrics


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