Inclusive local tourism development in South Africa: Evidence from Dullstroom

Gareth Butler, Christian M. Rogerson

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Growing international debates surround the notion of inclusive tourism development. The objective in this paper is to examine the issues around inclusive tourism development in South Africa through a locality study. The analysis focuses on the small town of Dullstroom which has experienced considerable tourism growth over the past decades as a consequence of its rich tourism products of fly-fishing, agritourism and second homes tourism. Findings are reported from qualitative interviews with black (African) employees of tourism establishments in Dullstroom. The results reveal tourism development in Dullstroom provides a range of positive economic and social benefits for local residents and that this small town exhibits evidence of an inclusive trajectory of tourism development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-281
Number of pages18
JournalLocal Economy
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016


  • South Africa
  • inclusive development
  • local economic development
  • local government
  • tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance (all)


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