Tourism involves numerous stakeholders interacting in various partnerships and relationships. These stakeholders include governments, communities, NGOs, the private sector, and academics. With many African governments struggling to finance protected areas and the associated tourism, the role of the private sector is becoming increasingly important. The literature includes research on the role of government, communities and various other stakeholders but little has been comprehensively documented about the role of the private sector in tourism in Africa and the various ways that the private sector can engage in tourism.
However, there are no clear guidelines or analyses of the various partnership models available for the private sector or the roles of various stakeholders in these partnerships.
Through the use of extensive case studies from throughout Africa this book will present a set of guidelines to ensure optimal benefits for stakeholders as well as promoting the sustainability of tourism in Africa. It will include descriptions of the various models/options for the private sector to engage in tourism in conservation areas in Africa including, amongst others, pure private sector ownership, joint ventures, tripartite agreements and government leases. Processes to develop partnerships from start to finish will be included as well as best practices for the private sector engaging in tourism. The book will allow for an assessment of what private sector tourism options are most suitable based on guidelines of conditions and desired outcomes promoting the long-term sustainability of African tourism.