Reconciling Neo-liberalism and Community Based Tourism in South Africa: The African Ivory Route

The commodification of culture in tourism is often critiqued and lamented in academic texts (Wishitemi et al. 2007). What this process often seems to entail is that so called “cultures” of local communities are showcased to tourists from around the world. Often, it is especially what is considered “exotic” and “indigenous” that is showcased to [...]

By |2019-10-11T13:04:49+00:00Mar 14th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Transfrontier Parks Destinations certified by Fair Trade Tourism

Transfrontier Parks Destinations (TFPD), South Africa’s leading group focused on promoting community-based tourism, has become Fair Trade Tourism certified. The group, which is headquartered in Cape Town, launched in 2004 with a mission to manage community-owned properties in transfrontier parks and adjacent conservation areas. Since inception, responsible tourism and conservation has been at the heart of [...]

By |2019-10-11T13:04:49+00:00Mar 27th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

The Impact of Responsible Tourism – Part 3 | !Xaus Lodge

Reducing negative impacts on local communities, environments, and celebrating local culture. !Xaus Lodge, by bringing guests into the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park who pay a conservation levy, contributes directly to the conservation authority’s revenue and thus its ability to run one of the best desert parks in the world.  At the lodge itself, !Xaus [...]

By |2019-10-11T13:04:49+00:00Nov 17th, 2016|Categories: !Xaus Lodge, News|0 Comments

The Impact of Responsible Tourism – Part 2 | !Xaus Lodge

The ownership model and funding. !Xaus Lodge; the land, the infrastructure and the fittings and furnishings are wholly owned by the Mier and ǂKhomani San communities. They appointed commercial management and marketing operators, Transfrontier Parks Destinations (TFPD) on a long-term basis. TFPD have paid their Joint Management Board (JMB) a percentage of turnover [...]

By |2019-10-11T13:04:49+00:00Nov 15th, 2016|Categories: !Xaus Lodge, News|0 Comments

The Impact of Responsible Tourism – Part 1 | !Xaus Lodge

!Xaus Lodge’s most significant achievement in reducing poverty among the local community In the 8 years of its operation under management of Transfrontier Parks Destinations (TFPD), !Xaus Lodge comprising a mere 24 guest beds, and located deep in the desert of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP), has contributed more than R28,9 million (US$1,9 [...]

By |2019-10-11T13:04:50+00:00Nov 10th, 2016|Categories: !Xaus Lodge, News|0 Comments
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