Problems and prospects for community-based tourism in the new South Africa: the 2010 FIFA World Cup and beyond

Warning

As of July 2018 University of Brighton Repository is no longer updated. Please see our new repository at http://research.brighton.ac.uk.

Giampiccoli, Andrea and Nauright, John (2010) Problems and prospects for community-based tourism in the new South Africa: the 2010 FIFA World Cup and beyond African Historical Review, 42 (1). pp. 42-62. ISSN 1753-2523

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

Mega-events such as the FIFA World Cup or the Olympic Games are promoted widely for the economic, tourism and social benefits they bring to host nations. The relative ‘benefit’ of such events has been widely debated. However, even when positive benefits are achieved they are vastly uneven within host nations. The Olympic Games are held in one city with occasional events located elsewhere, while the World Cup is usually held in several cities within one nation. The common denominator is that these events are focused on large urban centres, and this leaves rural areas behind and can heighten the development divide between haves and have nots, particularly in the areas of tourism and economic development. This is a particularly relevant issue for developing societies such as South Africa. This article critically examines the ‘development dreams’ promoted through the 2010 FIFA World Cup and similar events and contends that these dreams are illusory for millions of South Africans while economic and political elites embrace a global neo-liberal economic philosophy. In particular we argue that community-based tourism strategies that are important to a better distribution of wealth and democratic decision making in local communities across the country are put at greater risk by a mega-events strategy that is firmly centred within the global neo-liberal economic framework shaped largely outside of South Africa.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: community; development; globalisation; mega-events; rural; South Africa tourism; World Cup
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L312 Travel and Tourism
N000 Business and Management > N800 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management > N860 Tourism Management
N000 Business and Management > N800 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management > N840 International Tourism
N000 Business and Management > N800 Travel, Tourism and Transport Management > N820 Event Management
N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N260 Sport, Leisure and Recreation Management
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/17532523.2010.483796
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2014 03:00
Last Modified: 01 May 2015 14:59
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/11829

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year