The wait is over and I am delighted to share with you the special issue on “Sustainability in Tourism Policy and Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa: past, present and future” that is now out in print. I edited this issue with my buddy Albert Kimbu who is based at the University of Surrey and it has been a good learning experience. It has taken all of 2 years from the initial idea to this finished product and we hope you find some inspirations in these papers.
In our editorial (free to access through the link) we note that…
This Special Issue on Sustainability in tourism policy and planning in Sub-Saharan Africa: past, present and future, reassesses the process of tourism policy and planning in SSA over the years. This is set against the wider context of the UNWTO having declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) having three of the seventeen goals making an explicit reference to tourism in goal 8: economic growth and employment, goal 12: sustainable consumption and production, and goal 14: conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (United Nations, 2016). The tourism sector is ergo being called upon to explicitly integrate sustainability in its economic, social and environmental dimensions than has been done previously. This Special Issue therefore considers how the increasing focus on sustainability in policy discourses are shaping current and future tourism policy and planning in the SSA context. The papers are drawn from across all the different sub-regions of sub-Saharan Africa and provide a critical (re)examination of the role of tourism policies, plans and practices in achieving sustainable development in SSA.
My own paper in this special issue is also freely available (50 copies) through this link
The rest of the articles in this special issue are available from this link