1st Edition

Sustainable Tourism Policy and Planning in Africa

Edited By Emmanuel Akwasi Adu-Ampong, Albert Nsom Kimbu Copyright 2021
    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    202 Pages
    by Routledge

    Sustainable Tourism Policy and Planning in Africa offers an accessible and understandable overview of the challenges of integrating sustainability into tourism policy and planning in Sub-Saharan Africa and provides some interesting recommendations on how these could be overcome.

    Tourism is currently growing faster in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and in many other developing regions compared to the rest of the world. Using case examples from different segments of the tourism sector in different country contexts, this volume therefore reassesses context specific tourism policies and planning mechanisms in SSA over the years. It considers how the increasing focus on sustainability is reflected in different areas of the tourism sector including food security, the human capacity management, service delivery, local communities and heritage management, climate change and the influence of colonial legacies on tourism policy planning.  For many SSA countries, it has only been in the last two decades that the development of sustainable and achievable context specific policies and planning mechanisms has become the norm. The chapters provide examples of how different dimensions of sustainability are integrated into tourism policy and practice, and examine the extent to which these are shaping the present, and their implications for the future sustainability of the tourism sector.

    Sustainable Tourism Policy and Planning in Africa will be of great value to academics, private and third sector employees to better understand tourism in Sub-Saharan Africa. Eight of the chapters were originally published as a special issue of Tourism Planning and Development. These are now complimented with a new introductory chapter and a concluding chapter that sets out a future research agenda for sustainable tourism policy and planning.

    1. Varieties of Sustainability in Tourism Policy and Planning

    Emmanuel Akwasi Adu-Ampong and Albert Nsom Kimbu

    2. Historical Trajectories of Tourism Development Policies and Planning in Ghana, 1957–2017

    Emmanuel Akwasi Adu-Ampong

    3. Sustainable Tourism Development and Food Security in Ethiopia: Policy-making and Planning

    Gebeyaw Ambelu Degarege and Brent Lovelock

    4. Collaborative Networks for Sustainable Human Capital Management in Women’s Tourism Entrepreneurship: The Role of Tourism Policy

    Albert Nsom Kimbu, Michael Zisuh Ngoasong, Ogechi Adeola and Ewoenam Afenyo-Agbe

    5. Unlocking Policy Impediments for Service Delivery in Tourism Firms: Evidence from Small and Medium Sized Hotels in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Tembi M. Tichaawa and Albert N. Kimbu

    6. Living Inside a UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Perspective of the Maasai Community in Tanzania

    Kokel Melubo and Brent Lovelock

    7. Community-based Tourism Around National Parks in Senegal: The Implications of Colonial Legacies in Current Management Policies

    Aby Sène-Harper and Moustapha Séye

    8. Forty Years of Climate and Land-Cover Change and its Effects on Tourism Resources in Kilimanjaro National Park

    Halima Kilungu, Rik Leemans, Pantaleo K.T. Munishi, Sarah Nicholls and Bas Amelung

    9. Tourism Governance and Attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa

    Pius Siakwah, Regis Musavengane and Llewellyn Leonard

    10. Reconsidering ‘sustainability’ in tourism policy and planning in Sub-Saharan Africa: a research agenda

    Emmanuel Akwasi Adu-Ampong, Albert Nsom Kimbu and Jarkko Saarinen


    Emmanuel Akwasi Adu-Ampong is Assistant Professor in the Cultural Geography Chair Group, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands, and a Research Associate at the School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. His interdisciplinary research interests lie in tourism policy and planning, cultural heritage management and international development planning.

    Albert Nsom Kimbu is Senior Lecturer in the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Surrey, United Kingdom, and a Senior Research Associate at the School of Tourism and Hospitality, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. He researches development entrepreneurship, stakeholder networks, women and inclusive development in hospitality and tourism.