Youth tourism in Africa: Evidence from South Africa

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Youth tourism is one of the most dynamic elements of the global tourism economy. Key drivers of youth tourism are the segments of backpacking and volunteer tourism. Against the backdrop of international writings on youth tourism-especially of backpacker and volunteer tourism-this article reviews evidence from South Africa, as an example of an emerging destination for youth tourism in Africa. It is argued that the expanding youth tourism economy of South Africa provides opportunities for developing a more responsible tourism as well as for expanding local pro-poor development impacts of the tourism economy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-120
Number of pages16
JournalTourism Analysis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Backpacking
  • South africa
  • Tourism development
  • Volunteer tourism
  • Youth tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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