A new guideline is being developed on behalf of the International Labour Organisation and the South African Department of Tourism to support community-based tourism development. The initiative aims to provide guidance on how to establish and operate commercially viable community-based tourism ventures in the country. It provides examples of good practice, highlights challenges to community-based tourism and provides links to various resources.
The guidelines are due for release in early 2016, it is hoped that they will provide a valuable resource for organisations that have an interest in supporting community-based tourism – including government departments, NGOs, investors, development finance institutions, community-based organisations and others.
The guidelines have been developed by Dr Anna Spenceley, Andrew Rylance, Heidi van der Watt and Sadia Nanabhay through a consultative process with a broad range of South African stakeholders.