Tourism Innovation in the Global South: Evidence from the Western Cape, South Africa

Irma Booyens, Christian M. Rogerson

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A research gap exists for the conceptual strengthening, measurement and analysis of innovation at the tourism firm and systems levels, especially in the context of the global South. This paper investigates tourism innovation in the Western Cape region of South Africa. In particular, the nature and types of innovation by tourism firms and system actors are interrogated. It is revealed that innovation by tourism firms is widespread, albeit is largely incremental in nature. The main contribution of this research is the development of an expanded evidence-based tourism innovation typology from a cross-sectoral survey of tourism firms and qualitative interviews undertaken with tourism system actors. In addition, recommendations are provided regarding measurement of innovation in tourism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-524
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2016


  • Western Cape
  • cross-sectoral study
  • firm level tourism innovation
  • tourism innovation typology
  • tourism systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation


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