Rural tourism development and economic diversification for local communities in Botswana

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Lenao, Monkgogi
Rural tourism development and economic diversification for local communities in Botswana. The case of Lekhubu Island
Geographical Society of Northern Finland. Department of Geography, University of Oulu
Nordia Geographical Publications 43:2
Oulu 2014, xi + 123 pp.
This thesis draws attention to some important factors to consider when proposing community-based rural tourism as a tool for economic diversification among local communities in Botswana. Using the case of a non-wildlife-based initiative at Lekhubu Island, this thesis investigates: the community’s levels of awareness and preparedness to participate in tourism development; the significance of power in the relationship between the state and the community in community-based tourism development process; the challenges facing this kind of community-based rural tourism development as well as implications for its use in rural development. Lekhubu Island is a rural heritage site in north central Botswana. The community of Mmatshumu village located to the south of this Island operates a culture and heritage tourism business at this Island. Activities include camping and guided walks while many others are still in the pipeline.
ISBN 978-952-62-0630-1
ISSN 1238-2086
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