Maximising the Local Pro-Poor Impacts of Dive Tourism: Sodwana Bay, South Africa

Jonathan Mograbi, Christian M. Rogerson

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This article examines the local impacts of dive tourism in a South African case study, namely Sodwana Bay in Maputaland, KwaZulu-Natal province. Using extensive primary research interviews with key tourism stakeholders and local product owners, dive tourism at Sodwana Bay is considered an example of niche tourism in small-town South Africa. It is argued that opportunities exist for extending local pro-poor impacts if several challenges are addressed concerning improved skill levels, the institutional environment and extending local small business opportunities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-104
Number of pages20
JournalUrban Forum
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Local development
  • Small business development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Urban Studies


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